It’s been a bright start to the new season for Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez.
The Algerian winger has made seven appearances in all competitions so far, scoring two goals and laying on six assists for teammates, three of which came in one game against West Ham United.
Of those seven appearances four have been starts, suggesting the 28-year-old is in line to play a big part for the Citizens this term as they seek more silverware.
With Leroy Sane out for the forseeable, there’s a real chance for the former Leicester City star to shine at the Etihad in his second season.
And if there’s one man’s example he should be following, it’s Bernardo Silva’s.
Mahrez didn’t necessarily have a ‘bad’ first season for City following his £60 million transfer.
He did score 12 goals and make 12 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions, but arguably he was outshone by the likes of Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo.
At times he did frustrate, and perhaps he was trying too hard to impress in a team full of superstars.
Having been at the club over a year now, Mahrez can potentially hit new heights at the Etihad with Sane currently not in the picture.
The situation is similar to that of £43 million signing Bernardo (BBC Sport), who last year took full advantage of Kevin De Bruyne’s injury problems to become one of the Premier League’s outstanding players, after spending his first term adapting.