BBC pundit Steve Claridge hints Leicester's Riyad Mahrez sparked fear into Tottenham’s defence

Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez rescued his side a point against Tottenham Hotspur.

Former Leicester City striker Steve Claridge believes Riyad Mahrez’s equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur came as a result of the fear he put into the opposing defenders, the BBC report.

Spurs wasted the chance to pick up their first win of the season as Dele Alli’s late goal was immediately cancelled out by Leicester’s tricky winger Riyad Mahrez.

The Algeria international has become one of the Foxes’ most important players this year, firstly helping the club escape relegation last season and now driving them on to the next level.

Having already scored in his opening two games of the campaign, Mahrez made it four goals in three matches as he found a pocket of space and unleashed an unstoppable shot past Hugo Lloris.

Commenting on the game, Claridge feels the 24-year-old’s blistering form has put fear into his opponents, and cited his goal against Spurs as an example of Tottenham’s indecision when facing the winger.

"For Leicester's equalising goal, the Tottenham defender backed off Riyad Mahrez. That's because people are respecting him now - players are afraid of him, like you would be of Lionel Messi,” Claridge said.

“When the defender backs off that yard from you, it's because he thinks you're going to go past him and it created the space for his shot."

  GoalsShotsKey PassesTake-onsTouchesDef Duels WonBall RecoveriesMins Played
Riyad Mahrez 1 4 2 4 48 10 5 89

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Mahrez’s dynamic performance can be illustrated by his attacking intent and the willingness to work hard for the team.

Aside from his equaliser, the former Le Havre ace recorded four shots, four successful take-ons and two key passes with a total of 48 touches throughout.

Moreover, the Leicester fans' favourite displayed a will to graft for the good of the collective cause and contribute to his defensive duties, completing 10 defensive duel winners and five ball recoveries.

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