If we take a look at Raheem Sterling’s performance curve in the last three years, it has been on the up on a consistent basis. The Englishman is having another terrific season for Manchester City, and the improvement in the final product is refreshing to see.
Back in his Liverpool days, it was always seen that Sterling had the potential to become a great player, provided he improvesd on the goals and assists count.
He has done that emphatically under Pep Guardiola, especially this season. The 24-year-old is having a phenomenal year not just in terms of impacting games, but also putting the finishing touch when required.
Below, we analyse the £49m performance in the Premier League so far this campaign and use some stats to back those facts up:
Firstly, let’s take some time and applaud the season Sterling is having. A right-winger scoring 15 goals and providing 9 assists in 26 league appearances so far is something special. A certain Mohamed Salah is doing the same for Liverpool from the right wing. Not many others!
Furthermore, the 24-year-old has created 12 big chances and supplied key passes at a rate of three per game.
His dribble rate of 3.3 epitomises his willingness to take on defenders and go past them at ease. Andy Robertson is the only left-back who hasn’t been dribbled past by the Englishman. Says a lot that about the player and his consistency!
In the past, we have seen Sterling missing a lot of big chances. He has improved on that as well, having only fluffed his lines five times this season. Compared to the previous campaign where he missed 12 big chances, it is a significant upgrade.
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All in all, Raheem Sterling is slowly becoming a player we came to expect when he arrived on the Premier League scene. He is fulfilling his potential at Manchester City and deservedly so.
With what we have seen of him this season, there is no doubt that the 24-year-old should be one of the leading contenders for the Player of the Year award.
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