Mahrez med PFA Player of the Year
London, April 25: Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez has won the Professiol Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year award for scoring 17 goals and 11 assists in 34 English Premier League (EPL) games.
The Algerian on Sunday held off competition from West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet, Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane, Arsel playmaker Mesut Ozil and fellow Leicester men Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante to win.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, 20, was med PFA Young Player of the Year, while Manchester City forward Izzy Christiansen won the Women’s Player of the Year award.
Sunderland striker Beth Mead, 20, was med Women’s Young Player of the Year.
Mahrez has been instrumental in driving Leicester to the cusp of their maiden title. The 25-year-old now joins a glittering list of former winners that includes Kenny Dalglish, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Roldo and Gareth Bale. Some bookmakers had Leicester at 5000/1 to be crowned champions at the start of the season, but, with three games left, they stand on the brink of arguably the greatest shock in English football history.
Mahrez dedicated the success to his teammates. “All the credit is for them, seriously,” Mahrez told PFA website. “And for my mager and the staff. Without them I wouldn’t receive this award and I wouldn’t score. It’s the team spirit, and I want to dedicate it to them.
Mahrez was flown down by helicopter to the ceremony from the King Power Stadium, where Claudio Ranieri’s side had earlier thrashed Swansea 4-0 to move eight points clear at the top of the table.
Alli was med the PFA Young Player of the Year after registering 10 goals and 12 assists in his debut campaign in the EPL.
The 20-year-old beat teammate Kane to the prize, as well as Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Everton duo Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley.
Alli was uble to collect the award in person, with Spurs hosting West Bromwich Albion on Monday, but Ossie Ardiles picked it up on his behalf. IANS