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Riyad Mahrez is key to Man City return to top form

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Sergio Aguero's record-breaking hat-trick captured the attention, but it was Riyad Mahrez who sparked Manchester City’s 6-1 frenzy at Aston Villa.

Mahrez was also the man who began the fightback against his old club Leicester, bagging the equaliser.

And the Algeria international is, more than anyone, proving to be the catalyst who could yet transform the Blues’ season.



He is also developing a neat habit of scoring goals that matter.

And when he got a well-earned rest at Villa Park, Mahrez stepped in to shoulder the burden of inspiring a victory.

Last season the £60million winger was stop-start – his eight goals and eight assists in 18 starts and 15 sub appearances in Premier League and Champions League were a decent return, especially for a player who needed time to adapt and was competing for a place with in-form stars Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling.

The Portugal star pinned down the wide right berth with David Silva, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan the preferred midfielders, and that left little room for Mahrez.
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