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This Dream Team favourite has played just TWO MINUTES of Premier League football in 2019

Pep Guardiola’s tendency to rotate his Man City team has always been quite annoying for Dream Team fans.

Just in the last few weeks, for example, he’s benched a host of fantasy football favourites – such as Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling – on separate occasions.

It’s as maddening as his choice of attire. 

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But one player who’s really not getting any game time at all at the moment is Riyad Mahrez. 

Quite shockingly, Mahrez has played only TWO MINUTES of Premier League football in 2019 and considering we’re well into February already, that’s actually quite alarming.

What’s even worse is that nearly 10% of Dream Team managers still have the nippy Algerian in their teams.

Fade me

Fade me

That means plenty of you are still holding onto a £4.9m-rated midfielder that’s just gathering dust.

Now, granted, we imagine Mahrez will get some game time as the season goes on.

What’s more, he has played a full 90 minutes four times in 2019 – twice in the FA Cup and twice in the Carabao Cup – and he’s even scored twice in those games.

But his two-minute cameo appearance against Arsenal in the Premier League this year is perhaps a worrying indication of where he lies in Guardiola’s plans.

Hello darkness my old friend…

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Hello darkness my old friend…

For one thing, Leroy Sane has seen a lot more league action in recent weeks. Bernardo Silva, too, seems to be further up the pecking order than Mahrez.

And in the forward positions, it’s clear that Pep prefers Gabriel, Sterling and Sergio Aguero.

So is it time to give up on Mahrez and take him out of your Dream Team line-up?

It’s been all about Sane in recent weeks

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It’s been all about Sane in recent weeks

Yeah, probably.

Although Mahrez hasn’t been a particularly bad midfield option this season – his current Dream Team total is 119 points – there’s certainly better players out there for the same sort of price.

Sane, for example, is £5.9m, while Bernardo Silva (£4.1m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (£4.4m) and Ryan Fraser (£3.6m) are all cheaper than Mahrez AND they’re all playing regularly.

Some of you might think that holding onto Mahrez might be a better choice for the long-run (like we said, he probably will get more Premier League starts as the season reaches its climax), but we reckon it makes sense to consider switching him out for the time being.

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