Ever since his £50 million switch to Manchester City back in 2015, Raheem Sterling has divided opinion and at times has come under heavy criticism. However, the 22 year old is beginning to silence his critics under Pep Guardiola.
Sterling first broke onto the Premier League scene back in 2012 aged 17 under manager Brendan Rodgers. After contributing to 48 goals in his three seasons at Liverpool, Sterling was prized away from Anfield by [then] manager Manuel Pellegrini for a fee of £50 million.
Manchester City’s newest asset put up fairly respectable numbers in his debut season at the Etihad, scoring 11 times and assisting 10 times, beating former side Liverpool in the League Cup final to claim his first piece of silverware.
The Pep Effect
The arrival of Pep Guardiola has been crucial in the development of Raheem Sterling, with the City winger bagging 10 goals and 21 assists in all competitions last year going somewhat under the radar.
And this season, Sterling has already bagged himself 12 goals in 17 games, making it his best ever goalscoring season and we have only reached November.
Whilst Manchester City’s plaudits have been heaped on Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus or Sergio Aguero, Sterling has gone under the radar this season. The 22 year old has been a key component in Guardiola’s side, single-handedly earning five league points on his own, as well as earning two in the Champions League.
Value for money?
Whilst Sterling’s transfer fee is still fairly hefty, the 22 year old is rapidly living up to the price tag, this season the England winger has scored as many goals as rival striker Romelu Lukaku (12) despite playing Seven hours less football than the Belgian, as well as costing £25 million less.
Harry Kane and Dele Alli have been highlighted as key players for England ahead of Russia 2018, but Sterling has been exceptional this season and is arguably the form player from an England perspective (at this moment in time).
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