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Fantasy football tips: Riyad Mahrez – why it’s time to ditch the Leicester star

Penny for the your thoughts, Riyad Mahrez, because when it comes to fantasy football your time might be up.

The Leicester star was denied a move away from the club for the second successive window in January – and has become the Incredible Sulk ever since.


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Mahrez still has two-and-a-half-years left on his contract at Leicester

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Mahrez is set to face a £200,000 fine for his behaviour

Mahrez has been back to his very best this season, scoring eight goals and assisting a further seven in the kind of form that won him PFA Player of the Year two years ago.

But his eye-watering move to Manchester City was blocked by the Foxes on Deadline Day who felt they didn’t need to sell and couldn’t get a replacement in in time.

In response Mahrez has missed training four days in a row and definitely won’t feature against Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday.

Mahrez is said to be very depressed over Leicesters decision

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Mahrez is said to be very depressed over Leicester’s decision

Not exactly the attitude you want from your wing genius.


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As a result, Mahrez’s fantasy football value is declining rapidly and thousands of Dream Team players need to consider cutting their losses.

The Algerian is the highest scoring player outside the top six clubs with 128 points so far this season, but we don’t reckon he’ll add much to that total from here on in.

Riyad Mahrez has handed in a transfer request to Leicester City

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Is it time to ditch the Algerian?

In fact, that could be his Foxes career dead and buried.

At £6.3m he’s quite expensive, meaning you can free up some funds to pursue other midfield targets who will be far more effective.

For example, Christian Eriksen (£5.8m), Heung-min Son (£5.9m) and Sadio Mane (£6m) are all cheaper options than Mahrez.

Christian Eriksen was thrilled to score the fastest goal of the season so far

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Eriksen is a suitable alternative

Has Mahrez scored his last goal for Leicester this season?

Well his exile suggests maybe, and Sun Bets have him at 5/1 to to go the rest of the season goalless.

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