David Silva. Kevin de Bruyne. John Stones. Ederson Morales. Fernandinho. Gabriel Jesus. Sergio Agüero. Pep Guardiola. All of these key figures have bee given fair plaudits for the graft they’ve put in during 17/18 to put Manchester City 12 points clear of fierce arch-rivals Manchester United in the Premier League. But there’s one player, above all, who hasn’t been given nearly enough praise for the magnificent 17/18 he’s been having so far.
His sudden emergence as one of City’s star men under the wings of Josep Guardiola hasn’t been given the praise it deserves. He has 20 goals and assists in 21 PL appearances, which, for a player who only had 18 goals and assists in total in the PL in 33 appearances.
Overall, he’s earned City 10 points with his 4 late, late goals to save City at the death when they needed him most. Without these late interventions, City would find themselves only 5 points clear of United. The title race would be much more open without his late heroics.
Pep Guardiola, the manager who has seemingly brought life to what looked like Sterling’s declining career, said after the Southampton game, “As I have said many times, he is making steps. Before he was a little bit more shy and he did not believe, but now he can do that,”. That quote from one of one of world football’s best managers embodies the sort of season Raheem Sterling is having, and it’s about time he gets the recognition he deserves because of it.