PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Riyad Mahrez – Why Wes Morgan is happy with the Algerian

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Riyad Mahrez – Why Wes Morgan is happy with the Algerian
Southampton's Ryan Bertrand (left) and Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez battle for the ball during the Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 13, 2017. See PA story SOCCER Southampton. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Mar 01, 2018. 19:00

Algeria and Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has received high praise from the Foxes skipper Wes Morgan.

Morgan has praised the Desert Foxes international for bouncing back from missing out on a January move to Manchester City.

City manager Pep Guardiola offered up to £60million to prise Mahrez away from the King Power Stadium, but Leicester refused to do business with the English Premier League leaders.

Following the failure of the deal, Mahrez boycotted training and was given time off by manager Claude Puel.

However, the Algerian winger has represented the Foxes three times since being granted leave from the club and Morgan has hailed his professionalism.

“I think he looked more like himself. Everyone knows what's happened after the transfer window but he has come in and got straight back to work,” said Morgan.

“He's a good player – he's getting straight back into it and I was glad to see him out there.

“He's always been focused. He's been great – he's settled back in as if he never went away so it's fantastic for us and it's fantastic for him.”

Mahrez played the full 90 minutes in his side's 1-1 draw against Stoke at the weekend.

Moreover, he will be hoping he can add to his eight Premier League goals and seven assists when Leicester host Bournemouth on Saturday.

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