Riyad Mahrez named PFA Player of the Year

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Leicester City playmaker Riyad Mahrez has been named the PFA Player of the Year at an award ceremony in London.

The Algerian has enjoyed a stunning campaign, racking up an incredible 17 goals in the Premier League as well as 11 assists.

The 25-year-old's victory means he's the first ever African player to scoop the award, and is only the second ever non-European recipient, after Luis Suarez.

Mahrez saw off fierce competition from his team-mates Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante, as well as Spurs duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and West Ham's Dimitri Payet were also up for the award.

Hours earlier, Mahrez had inspired his side to victory against Swansea with a performance which summed up his brilliant campaign and took Leicester to the cusp of their first ever Premier League title.  

With Jamie Vardy suspended, the former Le Harve ace opened the scoring to settle some early nerves at the King Power Stadium, before Leonardo Ulloa added a brace. Marc Albrighton wrapped up the 4-0 win late on. The victory means that Leicester have an eight point advantage over Spurs with three games to go.

Earlier on in the week, Tottenham had caused a stir by blocking their players from attending the ceremony, with boss Mauricio Pochettino telling his players that they must focus on their upcoming game against West Brom on Monday.

“It’s true that the players would like to go but I think the responsibility when you have a big game for us like West Brom on Monday – you need to stay at home, rest and focus on the game," Pochettino said. "After the game on Monday, we have time for a party or to congratulate the players – for everything!”

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