Riyad Mahrez was deservedly named as the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Year on Sunday night following a remarkable season with league leaders Leicester City.
The Algeria international has scored 17 goals and provided 11 assists in the Premier League this term - crazy numbers for a player who was relatively unknown before the start of this season.
And here’s the craziest part: Leicester managed to sign the winger for less than half-a-million pounds.
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But not all Leicester fans were convinced by the signing at the time.
One supporter’s tweet has recently gone viral, over two years after it was originally posted back in January 2014.
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The tweet in question...
Harry Capehorn, responding to Leicester’s official announcement of Mahrez’s signing, tweeted the now classic line: “who the f*cks that?”
The tweet has now received almost 6,000 retweets and been liked over 2,000 times.
It has also received hundreds of replies, the majority of which have been posted over the past six months.
Hindsight truly is a wonderful thing.
Mahrez: People doubted I could perform in England
In fairness to Harry, he wasn’t the only football fan wondering who Mahrez was after Leicester signed him from Le Havre for £400,000.
The light-framed winger was signed from the French second division, where he had scored 10 goals in 67 appearances, and there was little to suggest he had what it takes to succeed in English football.
Mahrez himself admits that even his friends and family weren’t convinced he had the required attributes to succeed in England’s physically-demanding top division.
“Everybody was saying to me: ‘Riyad, England is not for you, it is too physical, too strong. Spanish football would suit you better,’” the 25-year-old revealed in an interview with the Guardian back in September.
“They said I was too skinny, everyone will push you off the ball.
“I had a good technique but physically I wasn’t too strong. And I wasn’t fast. But I always worked hard.”
By working hard, Mahrez has scaled heights that seemed unimaginable nine months ago.
"I'm very grateful to receive this award," Mahrez said, per the Daily Mail, after becoming the first African to win the PFA Player of the Year accolade. "It's extra special because if the players vote for me, it's because they've seen I've been great this year, so I'm happy. But it's more team things. Without my teammates I wouldn't get this award."
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