Riyad Mahrez’s move to Manchester City, mooted last season but ultimately concluded in this summer, has left some wondering where in Pep Guardiola’s record-setting, stellar side he might fit. Guardiola’s City machine developed into a wonderfully settled, functioning system last season and, while it relied to a degree on player versatility, especially at left back, a first choice eleven was fairly clear. Mahrez, a 27 year old Premier League winner and reportedly City’s record signing, will not want to sit on the bench, but displacing anyone in Guardiola’s first choice team will be a challenge.

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