Manchester City might have returned to the top-four with a 2-0 win against Fulham on Saturday afternoon but the performance of Benjamin Mendy may well have concerned Pep Guardiola.
The French international, who earns £90,000-a-week as per Spotrac, recently returned from injury and has started three of the Citizens’ last four games, with his goal in last week’s 5-0 win against Burnley always likely to lead to a star against the Cottagers this weekend.
However, despite the comfortable nature of City’s win, the left-back produced a really poor performance, which may lead Guardiola to restore Kyle Walker to his starting line-up for the Citizens’ next fixture.
As per SofaScore, the 26-year-old earned a 6.2 rating for his display, which comfortably ranked him as the Citizens’ worst player during the game.
Of the seven ground duels he was involved in, Mendy was able to win none, with the Fulham players regularly getting the better of him, despite City’s dominance.
He was also slack with his passing, losing possession nine times during the game, whilst neither of his two crosses during the game were accurate.
After an impressive start to his time with Manchester City, serious injury problems have turned the former Monaco man into an extremely inconsistent player, with him perhaps fortunate that today’s disappointing display wasn’t punished by a Fulham side that never really looked like scoring.
Back in 2019, Guardiola labelled the Frenchman as an “extraordinary player”, following a 4-1 win against Dinamo Zagreb, but he perhaps didn’t live up to that billing against Scott Parker’s men.
Considering City’s next game in the Premier League sees them travel to Old Trafford to face their old rivals Manchester United, it will be interesting to see if Guardiola keeps faith with the French left-back for that game, after today’s game demonstrated his unreliability at times.