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STARS IN EUROPE - ALGERIA - CLUB - Riyad Mahrez named PFA Player of the Year

Leicester City Riyad Mahrez

 

Leicester City 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 to the cusp of the title.

The award was voted for by the Algeria international's fellow professionals.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, 20, was named PFA Young Player of the Year, while Manchester City forward Izzy Christiansen won the Women's Player of the Year award.

Sunderland striker Beth Mead, 20, was named Women's Young Player of the Year.

Mahrez, 25, held off competition from Tottenham forward Harry Kane, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet and fellow Leicester men Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante to win the award.

He was handed 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.

"Without my team-mates I wouldn't get this award," Mahrez, who joined Leicester from French second-tier side Le Havre in January 2014, 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."

 

Premier League season in numbers for the PFA Player of the Year nominees:

Riyad Mahrez
Goals: 17
Assists: 11
Minutes played: 2795

Harry Kane
Goals: 24
Assists: 1
Minutes played: 3008

Jamie Vardy
Goals: 22
Assists: 6
Minutes played: 2959

Dimitri Payet
Goals: 9
Assists: 9
Minutes played: 2311

Mesut Ozil
Goals: 6
Assists: 18
Minutes played: 2869

N'Golo Kante
Goals: 1
Assists: 4
Minutes played: 2750

 

 

26 Apr 2016
(BBC Sport UK)

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