Mahrez prov­ing ev­ery­body wrong

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Lon­don: He had ac­tu­ally been play­ing fairly poorly of late. Op­po­nents had been dou­bling up, show­ing him into traf­fic, sti­fling Le­ices­ter City’s sen­sa­tional find. For a time there, it looked like Riyad Mahrez had been sussed out. On this ev­i­dence, though, that was just wish­ful think­ing. Crowned PFA Player of the Year in Lon­don, Mahrez was back with a bang against Swansea City, re­mind­ing us of the skills that make him so spe­cial. There is ev­ery chance now that he will be re­garded in fu­ture years as a key part in one of the great­est sport­ing sto­ries ever told. Sup­port­ers will rem­i­nisce about the way the Al­ge­ria in­ter­na­tional used to run with the ball, his in­cred­i­bly wiry frame some­how with­stand­ing the bumps and barges of this phys­i­cal league. Back in France, few of his friends and ad­vis­ers ever thought this pos­si­ble. They warned him not to come, not to take on the chal­lenge, think­ing his skinny build would get ruth­lessly flat­tened. The Tele­graph

Riyad Mahrez

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