Leicester City fans were forced to wave goodbye to Riyad Mahrez in the summer following a widely documented pursuit by Manchester city.
The Foxes stubbornly resisted City’s late advances during the January transfer window but their resistance eventually wore thin during the summer as they sanctioned the sale of Mahrez, ending three and a half years of excellent service from the Algerian.
Mahrez will remain close to the hearts of Leicester supporters for the starring role he played in their shock title victory in the 2015/16 season in which Premier League defenders simply had no answer to his dazzling slaloms with the ball glued to his tantalising left-foot.
Alongside the lightning-quick Jamie Vardy, Mahrez became the most feared attacker in the Premier League and the quality of his performances that season suggested he was destined to reach the very top of the game.
Having plucked Mahrez from Le Havre as something of an unknown entity, Leicester seem intent on repeating their stroke of genius in the summer as they returned to France to sign another Algerian talent in Rachid Ghezzal.
But Claude Puel would have been wise to also consider signing an immensely promising player who is currently playing his trade in the Bundesliga, namely Valentino Lazaro.
Lazaro’s record of 2 goals and 5 assists from 28 appearances last season is not the kind of groundbreaking return which Leicester will be hoping to eventually see from Ghezzal but, taking his age and his current club into consideration, it’s certainly not a return to be sniffed at.
The 22-year-old wing-wizard is quick but he does not rely on pace to bypass defenders. One of the defining features of his game is his ability to bypass defenders with quick feet and close control, which is actually something of a rarity in modern day wingers who are often dependent on speed.
With further exposure to first-team football there’s no doubt Lazaro possesses the ability to add further goals and assists to his game and, at just £5.85 million, it appears Hertha Berlin bagged themselves a bargain when they turned his loan deal into a permanent one earlier this summer.
If Lazaro builds upon his impressive debut 2017/18 campaign in Germany’s top-flight there’s no doubt his value will rise exponentially throughout the season, so Hertha would find themselves in a position to make a hefty profit on their investment if Leicester eventually came calling for his signature.
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