PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Riyad Mahrez – How will Claude Poel's arrival impact on his future?

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Riyad Mahrez – How will Claude Poel's arrival impact on his future?
Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 19:00

With Leicester City having registered two straight wins in all competitions, Algerian star Riyad Mahrez has played a crucial role.

He scored as they beat Leeds United 3-1 in the League Cup and also provided an assist as they downed Swansea City 2-1 in the English premier League last weekend.

The left-footed winger is continuing to raise his hand and help the Foxes when the chips are down at King Power Stadium.

However, a big question creeps in just after the club announced changes in the technical team where a new coach has come in.

Frenchman, Claude Puel has been confirmed as Craig Shakespeare’s successor after penning a deal at the King Power stadium until June 2020.

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Is this good news for Mahrez? The Desert Foxes international has established himself under managers Claudio Ranieri and Shakespeare.

Despite reports that he wants to move away from the 2015/16 EPL champions, the 26-year-old has always given 100% whenever he donned the Blue shirt.

Puel is a man who will definitely come with new strategies and will have his favourite players, but will that put Mahrez into an awkward spot?

Some managers could be tempted to do away with a player who has his sights set somewhere else as that could jeopardise the club and the manager's job.

Mahrez is undoubtedly one of the best foreign players in the EPL and his stance on making a move to greener pastures could hurt him.

However, it all depends on how Puel will deal with the player and matters in the dressing room as he may follow the notion that a new broom sweeps clean.



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