16-Feb-2018 21:47:36 | The Guardian
If Pep Guardiola needed any more convincing that Riyad Mahrez can add to his already star-studded Manchester City squad next season then the Algerian’s performance on his first start since his failed move to the Etihad Stadium would surely have done enough. The 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year ran the show from start to finish against Sheffield United, providing the assist for Jamie Vardy’s winning goal in the second half as Leicester reached the sixth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2011.
On this evidence, with Mahrez and Vardy linking up in a manner that was at times reminiscent of their title-winning season, there is every chance they could win the competition for the first time in their history. Of course with several big names still involved, Claude Puel will not be looking that far ahead just yet, although with European qualification unlikely to happen via the Premier League, this does represent their best opportunity to return to something close to the elite level of competition they tasted last year.