By Craig Scott

21st Aug, 2022 | 4:10pm

Don Goodman found it hard to describe how crazy he found Edouard Mendy’s first-half howler for Chelsea as they lost 3-0 to Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday.

Brenden Aaronson put the Yorkshire giants ahead in the 33rd minute when he closed down the Chelsea goalkeeper, won the ball off him and walked it into the back of the net.

Mendy had plenty of time to clear his lines but dilly-dallied on the ball and allowed Aaronson to close him down and grab the opening goal of the Premier League match.

Ex-Bradford and West Brom player Goodman was shocked by Mendy’s goalkeeping.

“There are crazy decisions and then there are… I’m not even sure there’s a word for it,” said Goodman on Sky Sports Premier League on Sunday (21 August, 02:33pm).

“It’s beyond crazy that Edouard Mendy thinks that he can get away with taking his time. Put your foot through the ball.

“It’s brilliant from Brenden Aaronson. He doesn’t buy it, he almost reads what Mendy was trying to do and it’s as easy as you like.

“But you have to say, the press from the first minute up until this point has been working a treat for Leeds United and they have reaped a huge reward for that hard work.”

Goodman added: “It’s just madness from an absolutely brilliant, brilliant goalkeeper.

“He’s just made a crazy decision.”


We love seeing a goalkeeper fluff their lines like that.

Illan Meslier has had a couple of shockers for Leeds in the last few seasons but seeing one go in your favour is just brilliant.

What on earth was Mendy doing?

Leeds have put Chelsea under so much pressure in that first half with almost every single player charging up the pitch, pressing Thomas Tuchel’s men.

Yet Mendy thought it would be a good idea to take his time with the ball at his feet and try to play his way out of trouble instead of just hoofing the ball clear.

Why do goalkeepers do that? How can they have the reactions to make point-blank saves but don’t have the brain capacity to decide to boot the ball out for a corner when they’re under massive pressure?

Aaronson’s press is relentless.

But not only did he run around tirelessly against Chelsea, he also showed a lot of quality so to win the tackle against Mendy, keep the ball and then get it in the net wasn’t easy.

What a signing he’s turning out to be, by the way.

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