Riyad Mahrez produces superb assist against West Brom

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Riyad Mahrez is easily one of the most - if not the most - skilful footballers in the Premier League.

The Algeria international has been an absolute joy to watch this season thanks to his magnificent technique and penchant for the audacious.

He’s been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent weeks - and interest from the biggest clubs will continue to grow after they see what he’s just done against West Brom. (Scroll down this page to see his magnificent assist).


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Marc Albrighton picked out Mahrez, who brilliantly back-heeled the ball into the path of Andy King, who stroked the ball past Ben Foster.

Mahrez’s brilliance made the ball - has there been a better assist in the Premier League all season?

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Pulsating match at the King Power Stadium

Salomon Rondon put West Brom 1-0 ahead in the 11th minute, but goals from Danny Drinkwater and King gave league-leaders Leicester a 2-1 lead at the half-time interval.

Craig Gardner then scored five minutes after the break to make it 2-2.

Mahrez: Player of the Year contender

While Jamie Vardy has taken most of the limelight at Leicester this season for his goalscoring exploits this season - including breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s longstanding Premier League record for goals scored in consecutive matches - Mahrez has been equally fantastic.

The 25-year-old has scored 14 goals and now provided 11 assists this season and is among the favourites to win the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Year award, alongside the likes of Vardy and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.

Ranieri's warning for Mahrez

However, Claudio Ranieri recently warned Mahrez that he must remained focused on the task in hand, despite the intense speculation regarding his future, otherwise he’ll find himself on the bench.

“We want to keep all our players,” Ranieri was quoted as saying by the Guardian last week. “We believe in them. But if a player comes to me and says: ‘Boss, I want to go there because it’s my ambition to go there’, I’ll say: ‘Go and enjoy and have good luck.’

“Because I want only players who are happy to stay here, because sooner or later we grow up a lot – of course not like Barcelona or Real Madrid, but Leicester will be a very good team.”

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