Leicester boss Claude Puel believes Riyad Mahrez is a more complete player than the one who helped the Foxes win the Premier League in 2015/16.
The 26-year-old Algeria international scored his third goal in six games in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford – a result which lifted Leicester to seventh and proved to be Marco Silva’s last at the Hornets’ helm.
Mahrez – who asked to leave the Foxes last summer – has been constantly linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium this month.
The winger was named Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year in Leicester’s shock title-winning campaign the season before last, and Puel feels he has improved since then.
“Better? I think he’s more complete, he can do more penetration, he is an experienced player and has good maturity,” Puel said.
“When he can make penetration or play simple, it’s good for him and the team.
“It was a different play (style), it was a direct play, long ball, and after with Jamie (Vardy) and Riyad they made the difference.
“He can make some penetration like one or two years ago but also he can organise the play with one or two touches and can give assists – he is more complete.”