Raheem Sterling vs Riyad Mahrez: Do Manchester City really need the £60million attacker?
According to a report by Daily Mail, Manchester City are edging closer to a £60million deal for Leicester City attacker Riyad Mahrez. The report further states that the winger will go through a medical soon, meaning it is just a matter of time before the deal is announced.
As things stand, City have targetted Mahrez for the longest time now. Ever since Leicester City won the Premier League in the 2016/16 season, the Algerian has been hot property in transfer windows. However, it looks like Pep Guardiola is set to lure him to the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City enjoyed a spectacular campaign last season as they broke numerous records to finish atop the Premier League table. The Sky Blues must strive to defend their trophy next season but to do so, they must reinforce their squad.
City currently have a plethora of quality attacking talents at their disposal and last season, the likes of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane truly burst onto the scene. In fact, Guardiola was lauded for working well with the youngsters but with Mahrez in the mix, Sterling’s game time could take a significant hit.
Both players occupy the right-wing and it will be interesting to see who plays as the manager’s first choice. But with Sterling already in the mix, do City really need Mahrez?
Riyad Mahrez vs Raheem Sterling stats
In 41 appearances across competitions last season, Mahrez scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists. With a decent pass success rate of 79.6%, the player averaged 2 shots per game. In addition to that, the Algerian supplied an average of 1.6 key passes while completing a tally of 2.3 dribbles per game. The player is quite creative as well, having created 55 scoring chances in 36 Premier League appearances.
Sterling, on the other hand, appeared 46 times in all competitions for City. He chipped in with a whopping 23 goals and 13 assists. In fact, Sterling averaged 2.3 shots per game with a pass success rate of 83.5%. The talented Englishman also contributed an average of 1.5 key passes and 2.1 successful dribbles. Furthermore, Sterling created a total of 51 chances in 31 Premier League appearances.
As one can see, Sterling trumps Mahrez in almost every category. He is also younger than Mahrez, meaning he could have been the ideal option for City in the long run as well. It remains to be seen how he fares with the Algerian in the team but given the situation, the Sky Blues should have just purchased a backup winger instead of spending £60million to sign Mahrez.