Riyad Mahrez joined Man City from Leicester this summer after months of speculation.
It was one of the biggest signings of the summer, as the Algeria international moved to The Etihad for £60m.
A Premier League winner with The Foxes in 2016, also winning PFA Players’ Player of the Year, PFA Fans’ Player of the Year and Leicester City Player of the Year, there’s no denying his quality over past seasons. However, a question remains as to whether he fits in at Man City.
This is a classic case of a big fish in a small pond, becoming a small fish in a big pond, with all respect to Leicester. Looking at The Blues’ incredible campaign last year and the team that achieved so many records, manager Pep Guardiola will struggle to accommodate Mahrez, who is rated at £54m by Transfermarkt. Out wide, it is unlikely he will usurp Raheem Sterling or Leroy Sané. In the middle, he is unlikely to start ahead of Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva or Benardo Silva. Additionally, only David Silva is older than him out of that cohort.
He has played so far this season, but he hasn’t been a mainstay in the squad, and that seems to be his fate at the club. With de Bruyne returning soon from injury, his playing time may become even more limited.
However, what he does provide to Man City is strength in depth. For a side that fell short of winning the Champions League last season, Guardiola will want a bigger squad to make his side a force on two front. While Mahrez provides that function at the club, it is hard to determine whether he would like that role or not.
However, were Man City to win the Champions League and Premier League this season, most people would agree that it was a good move for the Algerian. The chances are that, in order to win the double, Mahrez would have been heavily relied upon in terms of keeping the squad fresh. But anything less than that, and Mahrez may see his career at Man City as one where he couldn’t quite make it.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!