Francis Coquelin names Riyad Mahrez as his Player of the Year

The Leicester City star has been sensational as his side lead the title race.

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin says Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez was his pick for the PFA Player of the Year, in comments to the London Evening Standard.

Mahrez has been the star man alongside Jamie Vardy for the Foxes this season in their surprise title challenge.

He currently sits on 16 goals and 11 assists from 30 appearances in what has been a sensational campaign from the Algerian.

Many are expecting him to run away with the PFA Player of the Year award and Coquelin admits that he opted for Mahrez as his selection, despite them clashing earlier this year.

“I voted for Riyad Mahrez, even if I had that little put with him when we played them,” he told the London Evening Standard.

“It’s funny actually because I met him on the train the other day when he was heading to international duty and he was saying ‘why did you push me off the pitch?’”

“But we were both laughing about it. To be honest though he’s having a great season, so I chose him.”

It will now be interesting to see if Mahrez remains with the Foxes come the end of the season.

His performances have not gone unnoticed around Europe and there has already been talk of him being good enough to play for the likes of Barcelona.

That would see him become a small fish in a big pond though, and should Claudio Ranieri’s side win the title and head to the Champions League; perhaps he would be better staying where he is currently the star man.

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