The Algeria international became one of Leicester’s most important players last season as a terrific end-of-season run of form helped his side battle back from the dead to secure their Premier League status.
While key instigator Nigel Pearson was sacked from the club in the summer, Mahrez hasn’t let that affect him heading into the new season and so far he’s been at his brilliant best.
After tormenting Sunderland’s back four last weekend, it was Aaron Cresswell’s turn on Saturday as the West Ham star simply couldn’t deal with his opponent’s pace and trickery.
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As per the table provided by Opta, Mahrez excelled in a number of key attacking categories and set his side on their way by opening the scoring during the first-half.
Aside from his goal, the former Le Havre man was a constant threat throughout as he notched a total of four shots, five successful take-ons and two key passes as well as drawing three fouls.
Yet, the most impressive aspect was his willingness to track back and stop Cresswell from making any inroads in attack, demonstrated by his 12 defensive duel winners and four ball recoveries.
The Hammers’ talented English left-back has proven to be one tough nut to crack since his arrival from Ipswich Town, making Mahrez’s display against him all the more remarkable.