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Leicester City: Star duo ready for the Premier League

Mahrez and Knockaert celebrate a goal during Leicester's comprehensive 3-0 win against Barnsley. (©GettyImages)
Mahrez and Knockaert celebrate a goal during Leicester's comprehensive 3-0 win against Barnsley. (©GettyImages).

With the current season drawing to an end and Leicester City having already won the Championship title, it seems appropriate to take a look forward at what the Foxes will be bringing to the Premier League. And what better way than to discuss two of their most highly-rated players in Anthony Knockaert and Riyad Mahrez?

It is easy to draw comparisons between the two - both are extremely technically-gifted players with quick feet and a lethal strike and both were born in 1991. The similarities don't end there either, as both are eligible to play for France as it stands (with Knockaert having already been called up for the Under 21s side), with previous experience in Ligue 2.

Knockaert signed for Leicester City from Guingamp for an undisclosed fee in 2012. Since then, he has become one of the most sought-after players in the Championship, scoring 16 goals - including some absolutely stunning strikes - in his 93 appearances for the club so far.

Left-footed, he is a superb dribbler of the ball and has scored multiple free-kicks. His form has not gone unnoticed elsewhere, either.

In recent months, however, Knockaert has been somewhat overshadowed by the January arrival of Riyad Mahrez from Le Havre.

Mahrez is also a very skilful player, having made 18 appearances and scored three goals - including an absolute screamer against Blackpool - for the Foxes so far. He is right-footed, and although in terms of end-product he may be seen to be lagging behind Knockaert, it tends to be his willingness to drive forward and trickery on the ball that catches the eye.

Although he is eligible to play for France, he has been widely-tipped to make Algeria's squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Unfortunately, though, such form from this duo may mean the end of 31-year-old Lloyd Dyer's City career. He is said to have played the season of his life this term, scoring 10 goals in 44 appearances, but with his contract expiring at the end of the season, questions remain as to whether he can make the step up to the Premier League.

With his game heavily reliant on his pace, at the age of 31 it may be said that he may start to struggle - although it must be mentioned that manager Nigel Pearson confirmed that contract negotiations were on-going with him at the start of the month.

With a young-core including the duo of Mahrez and Knockaert, also with Matty James, Danny Drinkwater, Liam Moore, Jeff Schlupp and Chris Wood, it has to be said that Leicester City look set for a bright future.

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Leicester City
Anthony Knockaert
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