Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Riyad Mahrez: Does title-winning strike salvage disappointing season?

The Algeria international reaffirmed his quality against Brighton on Sunday as Manchester City clinched the Premier League crown

The redemption arc is a staple of narrative literature.

Human beings are intrinsically flawed, but the desire to right wrongs and atone for misdeeds or underperformance provides a means by which an individual’s moral trajectory can at least weight toward the positive.

Riyad Mahrez, slight of frame and swift of foot, is no club-wielding, lion fur-wearing, Hellenic hero. Neither, for that matter, is Brighton a menacing, multi-headed terato-nightmare. 

The Seagulls may have led the foul count in the Premier League in the season past, and certainly played with real intensity, but there is even a likeability to them, perhaps on account of erstwhile manager Chris Hughton.

However, it was at the Amex Stadium that the Algeria international completed his redemption, righting a season of disappointment with 37 minutes left on the clock. 

It was trademark Mahrez in a Year One that has been anything but, one which began with him breaking Manchester City’s all-time transfer record, but threatened to culminate in abject disappointment...until Sunday.


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