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How Benjamin Mendy Could Potentially Miss Out On Premier League Winners' Medal

Josh Lawless

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How Benjamin Mendy Could Potentially Miss Out On Premier League Winners' Medal

Having only made four Premier League appearances due to an ACL injury suffered against Crystal Palace back in September, Benjamin Mendy is one short of the five needed to qualify for a Premier League winners' medal.

As it stands, youngsters Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz are on three appearances and therefore also fall foul of the Premier League's criteria - as does second-choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

And though their ineligibility will change if they are granted the necessary involvement in the remaining five games, all is not lost even if they don't play another second.

While Premier League rules do state that a player must play five games, that number coming down from 10 at the start of the 2012/13 season, there's still a way that Mendy and co. get a medal.

In fact, even Eliaquim Mangala, on loan at Everton, could well end up with a Premier League winners' medal to go along with his Carabao Cup memento.

That's because City will receive a total of 40 commemorative medals. Those who have met league regulations through appearances take priority, but after that it's up to the club to decide on who else gets a medal around their neck - whether that be players, coaching staff or officials.

You may recall that last season, Asmir Begovic received one even though he only deputised for Thibaut Courtois on two occasions in the league.

Image: PA
Image: PA

He expressed his happiness at having the prestigious honour in his trophy cabinet but stressed the need for the ruling to be changed.

"I think the rule should be changed, I don't know about the whole five appearances," the Bosnian told Sky Sports.

"Having been part of the group all year, we've all sacrificed, played our part in the team each and every day.

"But they really have to look at that rule again because I don't think five appearances should warrant a medal.

"It's the rule for now, thankfully I get one and obviously to have that in your career is great."

What are your thoughts on the rule? Should it be changed?

Sound off in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Manchester City, Phil Foden, Football News, Brahim Diaz, Football, Pep Guardiola, Premier League, Benjamin Mendy

Josh Lawless
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