Algerian Mahrez has had one stellar season that can make last terms recipient Eden Hazard green with envy. Hardly anyone would dispute the 25-year-old winger’s contribution to Leicester City’s incredible season. He has 16 goals and 11 assists so far this season which make it even more difficult to fathom that he cost the Foxes £560,000 from Le Havre in 2014.
The Algerian international needs space to weave his magic and naturally, he isn’t always provided with that. It is how he breaks the lines and works his way out of tight areas which make his game so threatening overall.
Mahrez’s 16 goals are what should get him the award. Players like him, who play anywhere on the pitch behind the striker, so often dazzle with their flair and trickery. They possess beautiful incision and finesse with the ball, but lack the end product.
Mahrez, however, backs that up his panache and dazzling skills with an end product where so many fall short. He is the man with magic in his boots and is the favourite for the player of the season award.