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We Need To Talk About Riyad Mahrez

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But if I am willing to accept Mahrez is actually playing better than I tend to think, then it also stands to reason that the Algerian Mahrez fanboys who crusade for the player on social media may also need to accept his workrate and performance levels need to improve if he is to cement a regular starting spot in our side.

Indeed the prospect of seeing Mahrez in our blue was interesting to all fans because he had achieved acclaim as a counter attacking midfielder for Leicester, particularly as the stand out player in their team which unexpectedly won the title in 2015/16.

Pep Guardiola had courted Mahrez for some time believing he would add speed and depth to our already exciting wing play.

I must say that I need to declare an interest in this debate too because at times I find Mahrez infuriating.

At Leicester we were used to seeing Mahrez break with the ball at speed and quickly launch it for Vardy to run onto.

So perhaps we all need to cut Mahrez some slack.

In 2017/18 he played a total of 41 games, scoring 13 goals and assisting 13.
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