Riyad Mahrez for player of the year? Pat Nevin fields that one

Plus the ex-Chelsea and Everton winger talks Arsenal character and a weekend of double yellows on Off The Ball

Riyad Mahrez, Leicester

Leicesters Riyad Mahrez walks to take a corner during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Leicester City at the Vicarage Road stadium in London, Saturday, March 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Pat Nevin thinks Riyad Mahrez is most deserving of winning individual awards at the end of this season as things stand.

The Algeria international has been highly influential as Leicester City have risen to the top of the Premier League, scoring the winner against Watford on Saturday, for a personal haul of 15 goals and 11 assists this season.

And ex-Chelsea and Everton winger, Pat, does not see any players rivalling Mahrez based on the 29 games so far this season.

"I'm struggling to see anyone that's jumping out. I mean Vardy obviously, he's had a good season [and] Harry Kane's coming off a good season as well. There are plenty you could start looking at, but nobody really for me jumping out," he said.  

As for a weekend with players getting needlessly sent off for double yellow cards (Milner, Mata, Coquelin and Mirallas), Pat believes James Milner and Francis Coquelin in particular "should know better" than to make unnecessary tackles when already booked.