How Mendy moved from a striking role
BENJAMIN Mendy has revealed he formerly played as a striker, but advice from his coaches at Le Havre convinced him to move to left-back.
Mendy, 25, joined City in 2017 after a sensational season at Monaco. Before that he spent six years at Le Havre after graduating from their youth academy.
The Frenchman has now said he used to occupy Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus’ role of a striker.
However, following advice from his coach at Le Havre, Mendy decided leftback was the best position for him.
Asked what position he played, Mendy said: “Left winger and striker. When I got to Le Havre, my trainer Mohamed Sall told me: ‘You’ll be a leftback.’
“I said: ‘No way.’ He said: ‘Yes.’”
Sall revealed Mendy’s poor performance in a cup game led to the suggestion. He felt the Frenchman’s crossing ability would be better utilised from the left of defence.
He said: “I realised pretty quickly that he wasn’t the greatest forward.
“A final in the Coupe de Normandie, Benjamin started as a forward. After 25 minutes, he hadn’t scored.
“He wasn’t moving enough or pulling his weight. So I asked Benjamin to move to the left.
“He looked at me, shrugged, and went left.
“We equalised quickly with Benjamin in that position and won the cup final. He came to see me with a big smile and said ‘I’ve found my position.’”
Mendy said of the switch: “Because I was where I wanted to be and I got hold of the ball - it was simpler.”