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Benjamin Mendy's main role last season at Manchester City was to be their number one cheerleader on social media. Now the full back is back in the team but that won't stop him, no matter what his manager says.
One of the most exciting signings for Manchester City last summer was the one that brought Benjamin Mendy to the club after his excellent season for Monaco in the previous term.
The main reason, as well as the brilliant season Monaco had with him in their team, was the fact that Pep Guardiola's system is built on fullbacks marauding forward and with Aleksandar Kolarov on the left hand side it wasn't really working.
Mendy looked good at the beginning of the season but on September 23rd he picked up an injury that put him out for most of the rest of the season, meaning he played just seven league games all term.
The France defender did become an instant hit on social media though, keeping himself in the limelight and making himself a fan favourite with the aid of his Shark Team hashtag on Twitter.
Mendy is back to full fitness now and started the season against Arsenal in fine form, setting up Bernardo Silva in a 2-0 win, but his manager still had some words of criticism:
PEP: @benmendy23 is Mendy. Sometimes we want to kill him and sometimes you think wow what a player we have. He gives us energy. Mendy has a lot of things to improve and hopefully we can convince him to forget a little bit the social media and improve a few things.- Manchester City (@ManCity) August 12, 2018
So should we expect Mendy to stay off Twitter for a while? Well obviously not, he couldn't help but reply in typical fashion:
But he did suggest that he'd be using social media a bit less in the future, which is a shame for the rest of us but I guess if it helps his career at the Etihad:
I will I promise :grin::blue_heart:- Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) August 12, 2018
Actually scrap that, we still aren't convinced he's coming off Twitter:
:pray: thx I'll do my best lol- Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) August 12, 2018
City were generally very impressive in their opener against Arsenal and were good for their 2-0 lead, with Silva adding to Raheem Sterling's first half opener in the second period.
The Gunners did show signs that they could get back into the match later on in the game but City held firm to pick up their first three points and a clean sheet.
Mendy will be very happy with his performance on the pitch and on Twitter.
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