Riyad Mahrez's scintillating form could earn him a big move

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Leicester City's man-of-the-moment Riyad Mahrez was at it again this weekend, performing superbly once again this time in his side's 3-2 comeback over Aston Villa.

The 24-year-old's pace and dribbling ability were on display throughout as he carved out multiple chances for his team-mates throughout the second half, and was largely to thank for Leicester's attacking impetus.

And rather typically, rumours are already rife regarding Mahrez's future, in terms of whether he'll remain at the King Power Stadium come the January transfer window.


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Barcelona are one of many sides reportedly interested in the Algerian, with the view being to fill the void left by Chelsea new boy Pedro, who left this summer.

So what exactly has made him suddenly so successful in the early stages of the 2015/16 campaign?

Claudio Ranieri's attacking style of play will have certainly benefited Mahrez to begin, with pace in abundance down the flanks spurring Leicester on in their ruthless counter attacks.

Mahrez has been incredibly proficient in the dribbling department, making 4.4 dribbles per game out of six attempted. He can dribble on the right as well as through the middle. 

As well as scoring four goals, Mahrez has tested the opposing goalkeeper eight times so far this season and hit the post twice. 

Contrary to what some people might think, there is more to Mahrez's game than just offensive firepower. He and his right-sided partner Ritchie De Laet have made the most tackles of any full-back and wing pairing so far this season.

Because De Laet is so proficient in the tackle, it allows Mahrez to create space for himself on the counter attack and run at defenders when given the ball, and since the 24-year-old is a good ball-winner as well, he can initiate counter-attacks simply by winning the ball high up the pitch and running with it.

While Mahrez did not score against Aston Villa, he registered two assists and could have had a third if striker Jamie Vardy had put away one of his chances. He had a few shots on goal, but none of his attempts were good enough to beat Brad Guzan on the night. 

Leicester are in hot attacking form right now, which is unlikely to last, of course, but it will be interesting to see whether Mahrez can carry his side amidst any spells of poor form.

If his exciting vein of form continues through to the winter transfer window, however, it's perfectly conceivable that Mahrez could make a move to a bigger and better club, surrounded by players that could bring out the very best in him.

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