Benjamin Mendy has made quite a statement just two games into the new Premier League season.
After missing most of Manchester City’s record-breaking campaign in 2017/18, the French left-back has returned to show us all that the Citizens could actually improve on last season.
He’s a Fantasy Football must-have, recording three assists against Arsenal and Huddersfield.
Pep Guardiola’s system is likely to alter this season due to the presence of the bombarding World Cup winner, who played pretty much as a left-winger in the 6-1 win v Huddersfield.
But Mendy certainly comes with a bit of baggage, as the former Monaco man a bit of a character off the pitch.
He’s a positive presence in the dressing room, for sure, but some of his actions leave a lot to be desired.
Guardiola recently said: “Mendy is Mendy. Sometimes you want to kill him. Sometimes you say, ‘Wow, what a player we have!
“He gives this extra energy with Kyle [Walker], helping the attack so consistently.
“But Mendy has a lot of things to improve. Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget a bit the social media and focus on what he has to do.”
And it turns out Guardiola has really been putting his foot down behind the scenes with regards to Mendy.
Sam Lee, Goal’s Man City correspondant, reports that the Spaniard has actually moved Mendy out of Manchester’s city centre and into the outskirts of the city.
The reports states: “There are concerns at City that Mendy and his close group of friends find it particularly easy to get into trouble, so steps have been taken to limit the number of off-field distractions available to them.”
It’s really quite funny.
Mendy was also fined in the build-up to the season opener against Arsenal for reporting late to training.
While off the field he’s causing a bit of a ruckus, on the pitch he’s certainly delivering for Guardiola.
You feel certain he’ll start to clean up his act.