The 2013/14 Premier League season was the moment when England stood up and took notice of the incredible talent of Raheem Sterling.
The nimble footed winger had become a pivotal part of that free flowing Liverpool team and were just a hair’s breadth away from an unlikely league triumph.
Sterling’s influence was growing to the point that Brenden Rodgers called him the best young player in Europe at that point in time. But while England witnessed his talent in the Premier League, the world suddenly took stock of his ability during the World Cup in Brazil.
Sterling was the shining light of England’s early exit as the tricky attacker’s offensive display was there for everyone to see. But unfortunately for Sterling, he did not kick on as expected in the next season.
It ultimately proved to be Sterling’s last season with Liverpool as the Englishman left Anfield amidst a lot of controversy. While Sterling’s potential and ability was never in question, it was his lack of end product that was called into question.
Sterling eventually moved to Manchester City for close to 50 million, as the Englishman secured the move that he felt would propel his career to new heights.
While the initial period did not go as well as he would have expected, Sterling has exploded this season as the 22 year old attacker is well on course to having the best season of his career.
Pep Guardiola has managed to extract the best out of Sterling as the brilliant tactician has created the perfect environment for Sterling to thrive in. Sterling has already scored a few late winners for City, with a couple of them coming in injury time to steal the points for City.
Now reports are coming through that City are looking to make Sterling one of the highest paid players in the league as they are ready to offer close to 300,000 pounds per week.
But Sterling wants to shelve any contract talks after the World Cup as he wants to concentrate on the season at hand.
While this may not be of huge concern to City right now, it may soon become one if Real Madrid make their interest known to Sterling. Zidane has often mentioned how he likes Sterling and would love to see him in Madrid shirt.
This is what Ian Wright had to say about Sterling’s form this season,
“Nobody has been more instrumental in City’s recent wins than Raheem Sterling.”
“He’s been brilliant so far this season – and I have been especially impressed with how Pep has handled him. ”
“It dates back to Euro 2016, when the incoming City boss called Raheem and told him how important he was going to be in his team.”
We will now have to wait and watch as this saga unfolds!