English newspaper, Daily Mirror, claims that Tottenham Hotspur are ready to battle it out for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez in January. Premier Rivals Arsenal are also interested in the £30million rated winger from Algeria.
The winger wanted to leave the King Power Stadium this summer – with Barcelona and Roma reportedly keen on signing him, but a move could never really materialize. However, as the January window comes close, the Algerian is once again on the brink of departing Leicester City it seems.
Riyad Mahrez could be a very useful signing for Tottenham Hotspur. Since the departure of Gareth Bale, the Spurs have failed to instil consistency on the wings, with Erik Lamela, frequently getting injured, and Moussa Sissoko not playing up to his potential.
Mahrez has been a huge asset for Leicester City, even since their Premier League title-winning campaign in 2015/16 season. The Algerian International was the heart of Leicester’s famous forward line, and has, in fact, been one of the top performers in the league for the past two seasons.
‘Blessed with sensational pace and dribbling qualities, Mahrez is definitely a menace for the defenders in the final third of the pitch. Whether on the counter-attack or playing a possession-based game, Mahrez seems to prevail at every aspect of the game.
Spurs could be hugely benefitted with the arrival of the 26-year-old winger. His creativity and dribbling abilities is sure to sway defenders in his way, leaving the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli to have more freedom in the final third. Furthermore, his link up qualities are also top notch, meaning he’s also expected to fit in with the far more superior technical players in the team.
He can easily replace out-of-sorts Moussa Sissoko, who has been a real flop for Spurs and can also provide Pochettino with more attacking options. In addition, Riyad Mahrez also has an eye for goal, which always becomes handy for any team in the world.
However, he is sometimes guilty of not being consistent enough, which might be a cause for concern for head coach Mauricio Pochettino. But considering the talent he’s got, Mahrez is expected to be a valuable signing for Spurs. There’s no doubt that Tottenham’s frontline attack will be massively boosted by the arrival of this highly talented Algerian International.
It will be interesting to see how this transfer saga takes shape in January as two of the Premier League heavyweights fight for Mahrez’s signature.
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