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‘He Has Not Played Well Enough’ – Fans Back Guardiola After Record Signing’s Shock Omission From Squad

Riyad Mahrez was not included in the Manchester City matchday squad for the 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town yesterday.

The Algerian international’s omission was not down to an injury, according to Pep Guardiola, who claimed the Algerian wasn’t selected due to “rotation.”

The City manager instead had a bench that included Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus. Fans on Twitter felt that Guardiola was very much justified in leaving out Mahrez:

It shows you the strength in depth the Citizens possess that they are able to leave their record signing out with very little justification being needed.

Since arriving from Leicester City for £60m in the summer, Mahrez has certainly shown flashes of brilliance, but he has lacked consistency.

The 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 30 appearances this campaign, but the likes of Sterling and Sane are simply playing better than him at the moment. He’ll need to up his game to get more regular first-team action.