Mahrez now as short as 5/4 to scoop PFA Player of the Year award, with Jamie Vardy still slight favourite
It’s looking increasingly like the PFA Player of the Year award is a two-horse race between Leicester City’s shining stars, with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez having consistently impressed this season.
Vardy has been odds-on favourite for several weeks and is still trading at a best price even money with Sky Bet, although Mahrez is the player gaining momentum and the Algerian is now as short as 5/4 for the accolade.
There seems a general consensus from pundits that Mahrez is more deserving of the award due to the sheer volume of goals and assists that have come from the winger as Leicester march towards the Premier League title.
For those wanting to back the Foxes wizard, BetVictor offer 11/8 about Mahrez pipping Vardy to the award and it appears that the latter’s Premier League record this season might not be enough to get over the line.
Leicester take on Newcastle United on Monday hoping to move a step closer to a Premier League title which nobody predicted last August.
Charlie Nicholas recently told Sky Sports; “For me it’s Riyad Mahrez very closely followed by Dimitri Payet.
“Jamie Vardy would of course be in the frame but if I’m looking at which players the teams miss the most, it is those two. West Ham had to go defensive without Payet and Leicester fans would have been fearing the worst when they saw Mahrez pull up on Saturday.
Players that can do what he did at Watford have to be truly recognised. It’s not because they are ‘little Leicester’ either, he’s simply been amazing. For £350k, he’s been breathtaking.”
Meanwhile, Paul Merson is another who feels Mahrez is deserving of the award, saying: “I’ve got to go with Riyad Mahrez. The lad has been simply magnificent. He makes the difference in games and to score as many as he does from the wing is incredible. Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane have scored the goals but Mahrez does it all.
“The problem with the timing is it’s tempting go for whoever was the flavour of the month, and Mahrez would certainly be that after his winner against Watford, but he genuinely deserves it over the course of the season.”