PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Riyad Mahrez – the past is gone, focus is on the future

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Riyad Mahrez – the past is gone, focus is on the future
Riyad Mahrez

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Feb 15, 2018. 19:00

Leicester City and Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez has become an improved player compared to before his much publicised failed move to Manchester City last month.

According to City manager Claude Puel, Mahrez has become a better player following his self-imposed exile from the squad.

Following his absence from training since the move failed to materialise on transfer deadline day, Mahrez returned last Friday and came on as a second-half substitute in the 5-1 defeat by City at the Etihad on Saturday.

"Yeah, I think better. He enjoys playing and training with his team-mates. He is at a good level and without problems,” Puel said to SkySports.

"I think it is important now to put an end to the talking about Riyad. He has come back, he came in against Manchester City. Now we need to move on and for him, he has to kick on.”

The Foxes will host Sheffield United in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Friday and Puel insists he will play a strong side against the Blades, who are currently eighth in the Sky Bet Championship.

"It will be a crucial game for us," said the Frenchman. "I will pick a team to win the game, we want to get as far as we can in the FA Cup, of course. It will be a strong team like in the last rounds."

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