Edouard Mendy is the 'final, missing piece' for Chelsea and could get Thomas Tuchel 's side 'over the line' in the race for the Premier League title, according to Peter Crouch.
The Blues forked out £22million to sign the goalkeeper from Rennes last September following multiple shaky performances from Kepa Arrizabalaga between the sticks.
Mendy has been a consistent and commanding presence for Chelsea since his arrival and once again showed his class with a top performance in Saturday's narrow 1-0 victory over Brentford.
In a second half which the Bees dominated, the 29-year-old produced several top saves to ensure his team kept hold of all three points and stayed top of the table.
And former Liverpool and England striker Crouch thinks the stopper is the final piece of the puzzle for the Blues in their quest to win the league.
'Thomas Frank had it right after Chelsea somehow beat Brentford on Saturday night, when saying his team would have won that game nine times out of 10,' Crouch wrote in his column for the Daily Mail . 'The reason they didn't? Edouard Mendy .
'I spent my playing days hammering goalkeepers and I'm breaking the habit of a lifetime here by wanting to focus on the excellence of a No 1. Mendy underlines the importance of a goalkeeper to a title-winning side. He is the final, missing piece that could get them over the line this season.
'Chelsea were hanging on and it is one of those games they would have drawn or lost in previous years. That Mendy save from Christian Norgaard at the end was unbelievable, and there were a few more.
'But it is Mendy's overall contribution that has given them an added calmness since he arrived from Rennes last year. His touch is spot on when dealing with horrendous back passes, he comes and takes crosses with authority.
'Look at all the teams to have lifted the league title and one common theme is trust in an exceptional goalkeeper. The signings of Alisson and Ederson altered the outlook for Liverpool and Manchester City, with both going on to finish top.
'Mendy is a major influence in Chelsea now finding themselves in the mix. There are other factors, of course. You have to be strong everywhere but the margins are so fine that the goalkeeper is often a deciding factor.'
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