Manchester City recent Champions League defeat away to Tottenham saw the major blame of the defeat fall on the feet of Pep Guardiola and Riyad Mahrez.
Guardiola understood the need for an extra winger of a different fold as he sought to maintain the Etihad’s club dominance this season. the Algerian appeared to begin well as he scored a few goals early in the season. however, the tie against Liverpool marked a turning point in his career as he missed an important penalty to secure victory at Anfield.
The Algerian showed a strong mental attitude to score the winner at Wembley a week later but the harm of the penalty miss had been done. Many Manchester City fans believe that his style of play is not compatible with the club.
Mahrez is an individualistic forward who loves to torment defenders before cutting into his favourite left foot for a cross or shot. Man City is a team that favours short intricate passes as they seek the perfect pass for an easy goal scoring opportunity.
One thing going for Mahrez is that he appears to have embraced the defensive aspect of his game which comes with playing for City. It is highly unlikely that City’s record signing would leave in the summer as last season Bernardo Silva also struggled but has emerged a different player this campaign.