Riyad Mahrez has been one of the most important players in the line-up for Leicester City in the last two years and was instrumental for them during their debut Premier League win in the 2015-16 season. He was so impressed with his pace and prowess throughout the aforementioned season that he was declared the PFA Player of the Year award for the 2015-16 campaign.
However, he was nowhere near that good in the last season, which saw his team finish in the 11th position in the League table. However, that did not let his popularity decrease as a number of clubs from the Premier League as well as other leagues in Europe have been looking to bag him for the next season.
Reportedly, the Algerian midfielder is much more inclined to be in the Premier League for the forthcoming days, which might be a big boost for Arsenal, who are looking to sign him for the next term.
It goes without saying that the Foxes will find it difficult to get a replacement for Mahrez in case he leaves the club in the next season. However, three potential replacements they can look at are:
It is possible for the English youngster to come into the team to replace Mahrez in the next term and play a much prominent role in the first team. The 21-year-old, who plays in the same position as that of the Algerian, that is, as a winger, can be a pretty dangerous customer for the opposition, given, the right guidance is provided. Hopefully, the new manager in charge of the Foxes, Craig Shakespeare will provide him with that opportunity to become as good a player as Mahrez in the next term.
The Spanish youngster faced the Foxes in the last season’s UEFA Champions League clash, where he performed exceedingly well and earned a lot of praise from the pundits. He also scored a goal for Sevilla, however, had to bow out to a resilient Leicester City side. He prefers playing as an attacking midfielder and can be a good replacement for Mahrez at the King Power.
The 25-year-old Dutch winger can be a good addition to the Leicester City side in place of the 26-year old for this season if Mahrez decides against staying back at the King Power Stadium in the forthcoming days. The young midfielder, who has already scored 46 goals in his tenure of 98 matches so far with Russian side Spartak Moscow, is a good option to reach out for indeed.