Sunday , June 16 2024

Riyad Mahrez Named Leicester City Player of the Season

lgerian maestro Riyad Mahrez took the top prize at Leicester City’s 2015/16 Season Awards after being crowned Player of the Season by the Club’s supporters. 
This season the Foxes roared to a sensational Barclays Premier League title triumph against all the odds, with the performances of Mahrez helping to light up the most memorable campaign in Leicester City history.
With 17 Premier League strikes to his name along with 11 assists, the 25-year-old Algeria international’s display have been among the best ever seen in a blue shirt, and have played a key role in the team’s title win. He beat team-mates N’Golo Kanté and Jamie Vardy to the prize.

Plucked from relative obscurity from Le Havre in the French second tier in January 2014, Mahrez joined the Foxes as they marched to the Championship title later that season.
He showed flashes of his brilliant best as the team earned survival during a return to the top flight last term, before really hitting the ground running under Claudio Ranieri in a campaign that would see him give the Foxes dozens of priceless memories.
His season has included a hat-trick against Swansea, a show stopping winner at home to Chelsea, a stunner at Manchester City, a breath taking assist at home to Stoke City as well as countless other moments that have made the Blue Army marvel.
It was a night to remember for all involved, as the entire squad gathered in the Walkers Hall at King Power Stadium to recognise what has been a remarkable achievement that resonates not just around Leicester, but around the world.
Leicester City supporter and BBC presenter Manish Bhasin hosted the event, which served as an opportunity to recognise the achievements of the entire Club – from first team to Academy level. kante_award_480
While the main award of the evening went to Mahrez, his friend and team-mate Kante beat off competition from the Algerian, Vardy and skipper Wes Morgan to claim the Players’ Player of the Season award – voted for by the Foxes squad.
Signed from French outfit Caen in the summer, Kante has been a revelation in central midfield. His tackling and interception skills are on a level never before seen at King Power Stadium and his performances alongside Danny Drinkwater have seen both players earn their first international caps for France and England respectively. vardy_award_480
Voted for on the night, the Goal of the Season award went to Jamie Vardy for his stunning long-range strike against Liverpool at King Power Stadium in February.
The England man spotted Simon Mignolet off his line and unleashed a ferocious effort into the top corner during a 2-0 win.

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The Performance of the Season award, chosen by Claudio and his staff, was given for the team’s 3-1 win away at Manchester City.
It was a day on which the Foxes blew away their esteemed hosts and gave themselves, as well as the footballing world, a belief that they could win the league.

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For a second year in running, Academy graduate Jeffrey Schlupp scooped the Young Player of the Season title, beating Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell.
The Ghana international began the season at left back before progressing into a midfield role later in the campaign – having a strong impact on City’s season despite a three-month injury absence.

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