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Dream Team’s most frustrating player could be back this weekend

Ah, the warm embrace of the Premier League. The Barclays returns this weekend, ladies and gents.

And a man who has, more often than not this season, frustrated the living daylights out of us could also be back in the frame.

Benjamin Mendy is far from just the Man City class clown; he’s a Dream Team machine when he’s fit and firing.


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Benjamin on the Mendy

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Benjamin on the Mendy

There lies the problem though – he’s very rarely fully fit.

Mendy has made just nine Premier League appearances all season and hasn’t played a single minute outside of the League Cup since the end of November.

Troublesome, particularly when you consider he averages 5.5 points per game on Dream Team when he does play.

A familiar sight this season

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A familiar sight this season

No defender (Virgil van Dijk matches him) has a higher average and only Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling can better it among the rest of the player selection.

When Mendy does play he’s prolific, registering five assists in nine league games from left back.

So his imminent return may be music to the ears of Dream Teamers.

Mendy was back in training this week along with Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho and John Stones in a huge boost to City’s title hopes.

His link up down the left can be devastating

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His link up down the left can be devastating

But his entertaining antics in training and on social media don’t always sit well with Pep Guardiola, who seems to have a new teacher’s pet in Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The Ukrainian has excelled while deputising for Mendy during his long spell on the sidelines, racking up 107 points in just over 1600 minutes of football.

So what will Pep do? Will he stick by the impressive Zinchenko are release the explosive Mendy?

Only one will play

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Only one will play

And what will this mean for Leroy Sane too?

Guardiola rarely fields both Mendy and Sane in the same side as they tend to occupy the same spaces down the left-hand side.

Watch this space…


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