Mahrez scoops PFA POTY award
Leicester City and Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez has won the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award.
Mahrez has scored 17 goals and made 11 assists in 34 league games to take Leicester within reach of the title.
Mahrez, 25, held off competition from Tottenham forward Harry Kane, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, West Ham United midfielder and fellow Leicester men Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante to win the award.
Mahrez picked up the prize at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday hours after scoring in his side’s 4-0 win over Swansea City as leaders Leicester moved to within five points of the title.
He dedicated the award to his team-mates.
“All the credit is for them, seriously,” Mahrez said.
“And for my manager and the staff. Without them I wouldn’t receive this award and I wouldn’t score. It’s the team spirit, and I want to dedicate it to them.
“It’s extra special because if the players vote for me it’s because they’ve seen I’ve been great this year so I’m happy.
“Without my team-mates I wouldn’t get this award.”
The Algerian was also named in the Premier League Team of the Year. Mahrez is one of a quartet of players from league leaders Leicester to have made the team chosen by fellow professionals.