A scorching transfer saga that took place even before the shopping window kicked off, Raheem Sterling joining Manchester City from Liverpool for a jaw-dropping fee of 49 million pounds, being The Citizens’ most expensive capture. The viewpoints are completely capricious by both the fans in red and sky blue, where the common question, is the 20-year old worth the prize? The Merseyside team believing that a pot of gold business is done, offloading a scythe starlet who placed his heart on money even before the previous season concluded. Moreover, with mercurial winger and academy star Jordon Ibe winning the hearts of the fans, on and off the pitch, there wasn’t really a burden for Brendan Rodgers.
On the other side, the blue half of Manchester have captured one of the most promising talents in the world, blessed with pace and endless trickery up his sleeves. Only 20, yet the England international has made 95 appearances and netting 18 goals for his former club. Furthermore, he has represented his nation since the Under-16, earning admiration from host of managers. Looking at the bright side, it’s a win-win situation for both teams. The next rousing concern is should he be given a place in the fantasy premier league as Sterling needs to fight for his place at The Etihad.
Turning back the clock to the previous campaign, the dazzling attacker began brightly, hitting his straps with decisive goals and looked comfortable playing a false nine. In total, he registered 7 goals and 7 assists in the Premier League, however fizzling away towards the second half of the season. Holding immense rancor to leave the club, he continually looked off colour. It’s a glimpse of how mental pressure can haunt talented players down. Sterling is already under the eye of storm, a massive transfer fee, into the Champions League football with his new side, heavy competition for playing minutes and he needs to hit full form as soon as possible. Seems like the ball is pushed into Sterling’s court! Besides, having Premier League experience already, requesting for time to adapt would be amusing. Spanish internationals Jesus Navas, David Silva and former Arsenal midfielder Nasri do embrace decent attacking stats and Pelligrini might have just signed the former QPR man looking at his potential, a long term auxiliary for his aging squad plus adding up homegrown players.
Clearly, Silva as well as Navas will be the frontrunners to cement the place in the first team, but the whiz kid will be given chances to prove his worth when his seniors are required for essential Champions League encounters, their top notch priority next term. For a money-rolling club like Manchester City, he isn’t brought in with a cost of an arm and a leg, hence he has to fight for the place at his current club and the dream team. Once Sterling starts to find his rhythm with The Citizens, then it would be wise to add him into the fantasy premier league best eleven, till then picking the regulars from last season would be the finest.