Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez deserves to win this year's PFA Player of the Year award, according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, the Sky Sports pundit has highlighted Mahrez as the standout player of the campaign.
The technically gifted star has been inspirational for the Foxes throughout the course of the season, scoring 16 and assisting 11 goals in the process.
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Mahrez, then, will come up against teammates Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante for the award, while Dimitri Payet, Mesut Ozil and Harry Kane make up the candidates.
But Carragher is of the belief that the Algerian international has edged out his rivals. The ex-England international stated: "The shortlist is out for PFA Player of the Year and one theme unites five of the candidates.
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"Whether it is Tottenham's Harry Kane, Dimitri Payet of West Ham or Leicester's three amigos Jamie Vardy, N'Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez, they have been nominated for taking their clubs to the brink of history.
"Kane's goals have put Tottenham in contention to win their first title since 1961, Leicester's story has been well told and Payet's brilliance means West Ham are in the hunt for a Champions League place. If Tottenham win the league and West Ham finish in the top four, the two achievements would be comparable.
"The odd man out in all that, of course, is Mesut Ozil. On Boxing Day, I wrote a column about Ozil — the season's leading assist-maker — and said he had to take Arsenal to the title to be recognised in the same league as Dennis Bergkamp, to whom he was being compared. That won't happen now. So, who would I go for? I've never hidden my admiration for Kane and Payet but I think — and hope — the award goes to Mahrez, whose 16 goals (12 away from home) and 11 assists have left Leicester three wins from being crowned champions.
"It's not just the numbers that add up for Mahrez, though. I think of the really decisive moments, such as the wins at Watford and Crystal Palace, and he has been the central figure. His goals and assists have been responsible for 30 of Leicester's 72 points.
"Vardy, of course, would be a worthy winner, and Kante has been a monster in the midfield, but Mahrez has been relentlessly brilliant. He deserves the gong."
Leicester win required
It's safe to say that Mahrez and co. will be hoping to take another step towards the Premier League title on Sunday when they take on West Ham United. Just three more wins are required for the Foxes to become champions of England.
Leicester certainly won't be resting on their laurels and will be well aware that West Ham, who are in contention to secure a place in the top four, will prove a difficult opponent.
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