Riyad Mahrez’s insane season continued with a first-half brace against Burnley which included a goal emblematic of his season wizardry.
Manchester City’s Algerian absolutely cooked Charlie Taylor in the Burnley box on Monday, spinning the defender to the ground before beating a very good goalkeeper in Nick Pope with a vicious strike.
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He’d convert a Sergio Aguero-won, VAR-delivered penalty before halftime to give him nine goals to go with eight assists in the Premier League.
Mahrez and two of his teammates are having three of the sneaky greatest seasons on record (Kevin De Bruyne makes it four without the sneakiness).
Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have stopped each other from getting prime striker minutes in PL play and are the top two expected goals per game players amongst qualified contenders in the league.
Mahrez’s numbers are bonkers when you consider he’s only started 15 of his 24 league appearances this season. He’s one goal and two assists away from hitting double digit goals and assists for the third time in PL season (2015-16 and 2017-18 with Leicester City).
Only De Bruyne and Wolves’ Adama Traore are having better seasons than Mahrez, according to WhoScored. He’s third on SofaScore’s ratings, too, behind De Bruyne and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes (whose sample size is even smaller).
He’s also passing at 89.8 percent, incredibly high for a winger.
The 29-year-old Algerian’s incredible goal in the first half is something to behold.Follow @NicholasMendola