For his part, his manager Pep Guardiola is openly apologetic about Mahrez’s limited playing time, but cites the form of the players ahead of him in the queue at the moment who are undroppable.
Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City’s record signing, is threatening to quit the club over his lack of first-team opportunities.
The 28-year old Algerian international was signed from Leicester City for a club record £60 million last summer, but has found himself increasingly marginalised due to the form of Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva ahead of him.
Despite playing 42 times for the club in his debut season, many of those appearances, especially of late, have come from the bench, and he has been an unused substitute in City’s last three matches.
Now the winger, who was part of the Leicester City title winning side three years ago, is openly complaining about the amount of playing time he is being allotted, with hints that he may be tempted to move on after less than a year at the Etihad.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.