Everyone loves a conspiracy theory.
Well here’s a good one for you. French second division side Le Havre are cloning world-class left-backs, and they’re doing a terrible job of hiding it.
Allow us to present the evidence.
Ferland Mendy and Benjamin Mendy both share the same surname. Okay, that could be a complete coincidence.
Ferland Mendy and Benjamin Mendy are both French. Okay, could just be another complete coincidence.
Ferland Mendy and Benjamin Mendy are both left-backs. Another coincidence? They’re starting to add up.
Ferland Mendy and Benjamin Mendy both started their careers at Le Havre. That’s enough evidence for us.
When Benjamin Mendy was forced to pull out of France’s latest squad, who was drafted in? Yep, you guessed it, Ferland Mendy.
Ferland, who is a year younger than Benjamin, made his international debut for France during the 1-0 win against Uruguay.
While Benjamin was a star with France’s national sides, representing his country from Under-16 level, Ferland went under the radar before earning his first cap.
Both Benjamin and Ferland spent two years in Le Havre’s first-team before leaving for pastures new.
Benjamin moved to Marseille before eventually finding his way to Manchester- via a title-winning spell with Monaco- while Ferland joined Lyon.
Now, in his second full season with Lyon, Ferland is maturing into a worthy competitor for Benjamin, as well as Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez, at international level.
Ferland was part of the Lyon side that beat City 2-1 in the Champions League back in September.
The 23-year-old’s attributes are tailor-made for the Premier League, as Benjamin’s were when he arrived in Manchester last year.
But if he is to follow Benjamin to England then Premier League sides will have to act quickly, with Barcelona reportedly eyeing up a move next summer.
Another French left-back on their way to becoming world-class. Le Havre, we’re on to you.
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