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Can Riyad Mahrez pip Jamie Vardy to PFA Player of the Year?

"He reminds me of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in the way he cuts off the right flank"

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Vardy 10/11 to win Player of the Year although some think 4/1 Riyad Mahrez is the better bet

Jamie Vardy helped put Manchester City to the sword on Saturday and the bookies have reacted to the forward’s amazing week by installing him as favourite to win PFA Player of the Year.

Vardy may not have been on the scoresheet at the Etihad Stadium although he stretched the City defence with his intelligent running and Betway have him at 10/11 to claim the prize.

Perhaps his fiercest rival for Player of the Year is Riyad Mahrez who is no bigger than 4/1 and Paddy Power are offering these particular odds.

Mahrez scored a wonderful goal against Manchester City and has been outstanding ever since that opening day win against Sunderland where the Algerian plundered two goals.

Jamie Carragher reckons the prize should be heading Mahrez’s way, having tweeted that the winger should be front-runner last weekend.

Earlier in December, Carra had the following to say: “The Algeria forward is outperforming everyone in the division at the moment.

“I highlighted him in last week’s column, for how he reminds me of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in the way he cuts off the right flank to shoot with his left foot, and his record for 2015, scoring 15 times and eight assists, is outstanding.

“Don’t think, though, that he has only started performing since Claudio Ranieri arrived at Leicester. Mahrez was a key figure under Nigel Pearson in the fight against relegation.

“The two goals he scored against Southampton on May 9 effectively secured their Premier League status. He has more to give.”

Mesut Ozil was also on the scoresheet last weekend, although the German is available at 4/1 with 888sport for the PFA Player of the Year, while Sergio Aguero is an 11/1 shot with the same firm and the Leicester success story means that other players are likely to overlook the Argentine.

Harry Kane is a 14/1 poke and would realistically need Tottenham to win the title in order for the England man to get the prize.

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