Stats prove Riyad Mahrez can fill void left by injured Leroy Sane at Man City

David Cooper 31/01/2018
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Flying wide men: Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane.

Manchester City have a big hole to fill following the news that Leroy Sane will be out for up to seven weeks with ankle ligament damage.

The German star was on the receiving end of a horror challenge by Cardiff’s Joe Bennett in the FA Cup last weekend, with the 22-year-old’s injury being serious but not quite as bad as first feared.

Given the Premier League leaders are still fighting on all four fronts for silverware this term, Pep Guardiola is keen to ensure there is no let-up in City’s march towards an unprecedented quadruple.

While the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling all give City attacking flair, with Gabriel Jesus still sidelined through injury, the Sky Blues will miss the 11 goals and 14 assists Sane has provided in all competitions this term.

Is Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez the right man to replace him?

The 2016 Premier League and PFA Player of the Year star has been in-form for the Foxes this term but if City are to seal a deadline day move for the Algerian, they will need to come up with a club-record fee.

Here, we a look at how the two stars compare from an attacking perspective via Opta Stats, in the Premier League:

RIYAD MAHREZ

Mahrez (8) has netted one more goal in the league than Sane (7).

LEROY SANE

Sane’s goals have all come off his favoured left, with Mahrez also displaying his class with his head and right boot.

CREATIVE FORCES

RIYAD MAHREZ

Less of Mahrez’s passing and time on the ball comes in the opposition’s half than Sane.

LEROY SANE

Sane is more deadly with his final ball and precision than Mahrez, though the Algerian has attempted more passes this term.

VERDICT

Both players have been fixtures for their respective sides in the Premier League this season, and as a result, have had big impacts.

Mahrez has the experience and pedigree to step up to the plate at City, and has shown this term, his goals and assist output is not a million miles away from Sane.

If City are able to splash huge cash on deadline day, signing Mahrez would prove to be an excellent capture and not a gamble by any stretch of the imagination.

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Riyad Mahrez on his way to City?

Manchester City could make a deadline-day transfer raid for Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez but look certain to have to stump up another club-record fee.

The Algeria international is understood to have been earmarked as a potential late target for the Premier League leaders after the blow of losing Leroy Sane to injury.

Reports on Tuesday claimed an offer has gone in to Leicester but that the Foxes would have no interest in selling unless a huge sum is on the table.

The 26-year-old would give City manager Pep Guardiola another attacking option as he chases glory in four competitions.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accepts getting a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pushed through ahead of the transfer deadline was always likely to prove “complicated”.

Press Association Sport understands there is an agreement in principle between Arsenal and Borussia

Dortmund for the Gabon forward, who was widely reported to have travelled to London on Tuesday to finalise a potential £60million switch.

However, there is the added issue of Dortmund first seeking assurances over a replacement – which could well be Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea, themselves looking to bring in Gunners forward Olivier Giroud.

Manchester City were extremely busy on Tuesday, signing defender Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao in a reported £57million deal before bringing in English midfielder Jack Harrison from sister club New York City.

Harrison joined City on a three-and-a-half-year deal before heading straight out on loan to Championship side Middlesbrough for the rest of the season.

Arsenal will miss out on Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar.

The Ligue 1 champions’ vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has reiterated that the France international – also a reported target for Liverpool – is not for sale this month.

“He will stay at Monaco until the end of the season 100 per cent,” Vasilyev told French radio station RMC. “If Liverpool or Arsenal come with a big offer before the end of the market? This is not relevant.”

Southampton’s attempts to sign forward Quincy Promes are being met by resistance from Spartak Moscow, Press Association Sport understands.

It looks set to be a busy deadline day for Championship clubs after several managers vowed to dip into the transfer market following Tuesday night’s fixtures.

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman said Ovie Ejaria will be joining his side on loan from Liverpool as a replacement for Watford-bound Didier Ndong after their 3-1 defeat to Birmingham, while Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka said he would be adding to his squad following the 3-0 home defeat against Preston.

Jordan Hugill was left out of Preston’s matchday squad against Forest after boss Alex Neil decided he was not in the right frame of mind amid speculation linking him with a move to Crystal Palace.

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Leicester line-up swoop for Andros Townsend as replacement for Riyad Mahrez

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The Foxes could move for the Palace winger.

Leicester have already made contingency plans should winger Riyad Mahrez exit the club and join Manchester City on transfer deadline day.

The Algerian, who has reportedly handed in a transfer request at the Foxes, is the subject of a third bid from the Premier League leaders in the region of £55million (Dh285.5m).

While Leicester are holding out for more cash from Pep Guardiola’s men, they are likely to pursue Crystal Palace wide man Andros Townsend as a direct replacement should Mahrez leave.

The former Tottenham star has been a key performer for Roy Hodgson’s team this term but it is unlikely the Eagles will want to cash in on the 26-year-old.

However, according to reports circulating in the English media, the Foxes may test the resolve of their Premier League rivals with a bid.

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