Let’s face it – the 2015/16 campaign has proven one to remember for Claudio Ranieri’s determined Leicester City outfit so far, and there’s certainly no getting away from the prospect of the plucky Foxes finishing in the Premier League’s top four this season.
Although most of the current King Power Stadium contingency have performed surprisingly well in recent weeks, the technically gifted figure of Riyad Mahrez, arguably, deserves to be singled out as the Ranieri’s best all-round player. With his quick-feet and intelligent decision-making inside the final third, the Leicester faithful definitely seem to have found themselves somewhat of a gem in the shape of this often impressive Algeria international.
However, if Guus Hiddink and his increasingly unpredictable Chelsea side are to right some of their wrongs in the transfer market this January, then the in-form Leicester City winger could potentially see himself become the subject of a £20m bid from the Blues… if certain reports are to be believed.
So then, is Mahrez really tailor-made for a move to Stamford Bridge this January, or does this on-going transfer saga simply represent little more than loose paper-talk and pure speculation at best?
Well, when it comes to providing a constant source of both goals and assists for his manager just when his side seem to need them most, Mahrez is a player who has certainly not failed to disappoint at the King Power Stadium this term
The former Le Havre man – who incidentally arrived in the English game for a nominal fee back in the winter of 2014 – has simply taken the Premier League apart this season with his impressive exploits out on the pitch for Ranieri’s side. Leicester’s current place among the upper echelons of the league table has coincided with the wide-man’s improved fortunes in the English top flight this season, and while it remains to be seen whether or not such a lofty position can be successfully maintained by the Foxes come the final culmination of the current campaign, the immediate future nonetheless looks a very bright.
Such an outcome therefore makes Chelsea’s reported desire to bring Riyad Mahrez to Stamford Bridge this January all the more unlikely in the cold light of day. Put in no uncertain terms whatsoever, why would the Algerian opt to leave his high-flying employers for a side currently languishing in 14th place?
Although Chelsea admittedly prove a rather tempting option regardless of their current plight within the Premier League, it is almost completely impossible to envisage Mahrez actually moving on from Leicester at this particular stage in his career – especially as he has already stated his apparent desire to remain with the Foxes until the end of the 2015/16 campaign.
However, does that mean that Mahrez won’t see fit to begin evaluating his options come the start of the summer transfer window? Arguably not…
Whilst Leicester City will likely finish above their Premier League counterparts down at Stamford Bridge this term, money, prestige and past glory often do a lot of talking in the modern game if we’re all being honest. Chelsea can in fact offer Riyad Mahrez a tempting next step in his career, despite the fact that most Foxes fans would likely turn their collective noses up at such an inconvenient notion.
It would seem unwise to rule this particular move out in the summer, even if the January transfer window has admittedly arrived a little too early to see this one well and truly get over the line. The Blues still remain a force to be reckoned with after all, and there is ultimately no denying that.
So, although Mahrez isn’t exactly ‘tailor-made’ for Chelsea right in the here and now, it remains difficult to show this specific transfer story the door without due consideration at least some stage down the line.
If the Foxes successfully qualify for the Champions League next season and the Blues fail to restore their usual standing in the Premier League, however, then surely the current Foxes favourite wouldn’t see fit to leave Leicester City just when the good times seem to have begun down at the King Power Stadium…