Watford 1 Man City 2: Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez score as leaders go five points clear

IT has been worth the wait for Riyad Mahrez.

The Manchester City winger is starting to show why Pep Guardiola wanted him as his ONLY major summer signing to his record-breaking squad.

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Watford 1 Man City 2: Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez score as leaders go five points clearNews Group Newspapers Ltd10 Riyad Mahrez was also on the scoresheet in City's win

After the agony of missing out in January – and going on strike – he finally made his move to the Etihad. And even then it took time to settle.

His assist for Leroy Sane and goal at Vicarage Road last night consigned his penalty miss earlier in the season at Liverpool to history.

And it goes neatly with his priceless winner against Tottenham at Wembley just over a month ago.

Just to think, City could have ended up Alexis Sanchez instead of him if everything went to plan in the window last season.

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Ending up with Mahrez looks the smart move now.

City made just one summer signing but he has freshened things up and last night it allowed Raheem Sterling to have a rest.

This was not like their last two visits when they smashed six and five goals – but they managed to change their team and look like they have plenty in the tank for the festive fixtures.

It says plenty about City’s squad when they bring in a completely new back four from the weekend win at Bournemouth and it does not feel like much has changed.

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