Big hitter: Gray could be joining Riyad Mahrez at Leicester

By Coral Barry

Gary Lineker believes Riyad Mahrez deserves to be crowned the PFA Footballer of the Year after watching the winger star in Leicester’s 4-0 win over Swansea on Sunday.

Mahrez set his side on their way to an emphatic victory with a superb near post finish after ten minutes.

Lineker is convinced the Alergian international has been the stand-out performer this season after his exploits against Swansea took him to 17 league goals and 11 assists.

One man who has scored more than Mahrez this year is Tottenham’s Harry Kane who is also on the six-man shortlist for the award.

Kane has smashed in 24 league goals this season and will have been disappointed to see Leicester rally without their key striker Jamie Vardy against Swansea.

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Vardy is serving a suspension after being sent off in the Foxes’ last game, but he will link up with both Mahrez and Kane on Sunday night as one of the other nominees after firing in 22 league goals this campaign.

The remainder of the shortlist is made up by Mesut Ozil, Dimitri Payet and N’Golo Kanté.

In other Tottenham news, Mauricio Pochettino is eager to add to his already unbreakable Spurs defence.