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Riyad Mahrez must win the PFA Player of the Year award

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Most football fans would have put their money on one of Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero or Alexis Sanchez to win the PFA Player of the Year award at the start of the season.

Conversely, no one would have given Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez even the slighest chance of winning, yet the Algerian's incredible run of form this campaign should see him comfortably claim the accolade.

In August, bookmakers weren’t even offering odds on Mahrez winning the award, nor would they have been towards the latter months of 2015.

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Now, however, after an extraordinary run that now sees Leicester favourites to win the Premier League title and book their place in the Champions League next season, the 25-year-old should almost certainly walk away as Player of the Year.

Mahrez was the first in England’s top-flight to achieve double figures in terms of both goals and assists, and then to make it to 25 combined. He has scored 15 goals this campaign - a career high - and provided 11 assists thus far.

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Jamie Vardy is currently Sky Bet's favourite for the award at evens having scored 19 Premier League goals, but it should be his teammate who pips him to the post.

The midfielder's influence with regards to overall contribution has arguably made him the Foxes' most important player this season and the best in the league.

Last year, Chelsea's Hazard took home the award after scoring goals at crucial times, much like Mahrez has done consistently this time around. Strikes against the Blues and Manchester City, alongside his latest winner against Watford, have proved the difference between winning and losing for his side.

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Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Tottenham’s Harry Kane are also in the running with impressive assist and goal tallies respectively, but again, Mahrez has been the more impressive.

The fact he has contributed so heavily to what could be a Premier League-winning side is perfectly deserving of such individual recognition.

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