One of the outstanding performers in Pep Guardiola’s maiden season in the Premier League, Raheem Sterling has started to justify the £49m Manchester City spent to secure the pacy winger from Liverpool back in 2015. The Citizens’ No.7 really has the football world at his feet – if he can find that missing 10% that currently exists within his game.
Sterling endured a tough first season at the Etihad, with the burden of the heavy price tag as well as inconsistent performances under Manuel Pellegrini. As the season wore on the 20-year-old lost confidence that was compounded by a poor showing at the Euros in France – where Sterling took the brunt of criticism of the England fans and media alike. Fortunately for the player, the soon to be City boss, Pep Guardiola wasn’t going to let that fester with the player and made his own personal calls to the player to ensure him that he was very much part of his planned revolution at City and to turn a blind eye to all the criticisms. Raheem Sterling has certainly turned things around over the past few months, although you do feel the best is yet to come.
For all of Sterling’s movement, dribbles and ghosting in behind full backs, the end product and notably his finishing in front of goal is one area that continues to infuriate fans, pundits alike. If only he could adopt the same level of composure shown by teammate Leroy Sane, then Man City and England will have one hell of a player on their hands.
Leroy Sane has been a revelation and one of the signings of the season within the Premier League, with his odds to score usually longer only than Aguero in City’s latest betting odds. Like Sterling, Sane has incredible pace, trickery in abundance; however, what sets him apart more than most is his abilities in the final third and his sublime final ball and finishing. The German plays with his head up all times – something that Sterling must adopt if he is to ever fulfil his incredible potential and be not only one of the great players in the Premier League, but that this country has ever produced.
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