Is Vardy’s Leicester teammate Mahrez fast becoming the most sought-after player in England?

Riyad Mahrez has been superb for Leicester City this season.

Leicester City have been an utter revelation this season, flying out of the traps to record seven wins in 12 matches to position themselves just one point off Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Jamie Vardy has been the most discussed player by quite some distance, scoring 12 league goals including at least one in his last nine league matches – creating history in the process.

The 28-year-old striker has earned England recognition and has been linked with a move to Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, according to a report in ESPN last month.

However, as well as Vardy has performed, his teammate Mahrez has been just as effective and considering his age and obvious potential he is arguably the more desirable of the two.

The Algeria international joined the Foxes in January 2014, signing a three-and-a-half year deal.

He helped the club to the Championship title and subsequent promotion before playing a key role in preserving Leicester’s Premier League status against all odds last season.

Still, his progression in the East Midlands had gone under the radar, at least until the current campaign.

In 10 Premier League starts for Claudio Ranieri’s side, the 24-year-old has scored seven goals and added a further five assists – a quite astonishing record for a player who is predominantly a winger.

Mahrez is also capable of playing as a number 10 behind a centre-forward, though he is much more dangerous when given space to manoeuvre as he averages 3.5 successful take-ons per match.

His goal contribution to game record so far outweighs the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Christian Eriksen and David Silva while also putting last season’s Player of the Year Eden Hazard to shame.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Manchester United have been linked with a January move for Mahrez while Mercato365 claim Chelsea are also monitoring his progress.

Vardy may have made all the headlines with his goals this season, but Mahrez is the player most likely to be attracting the attention and soon could become the most sought-after player in England.

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