Raheem Sterling’s departure from Manchester City in January looked at one point.
Injuries to Jack Grealish and Phil Foden, however, meant that the English national team player was named in the starting 11 to face Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night, and he earmarked his second start in four days with a decisive equalizer despite his stony start on season.
Sterling was forced to cope with the storm from Mauricio Pochettino’s swirling right-back Achraf Hakimi at the Etihad Stadium, although he eventually came out on top when Pep Guardiola’s team secured the top spot in Group A.
With a handful of star shows under his belt, Sterling has been tipped to regain his lead role under the Spaniard and potentially brush up on the widely reported progress from Arsenal and Barcelona for his signature.
Should Sterling remain at City, Guardiola will have a huge headache as to who should be his first-choice left wing, with Grealish, Foden and Sterling all fighting for the spot and the trio having a combined transfer value (as per Transfer market ) of £ 243 million.
In the wake of Sterling’s excellent performance, Dom Farrell was joined by Alex Brotherton The city is oursFacebook Live to dive into Sterling’s future and how the Englishman may have turned a corner at Etihad.
Brotherton kick-started the discussion by describing how England’s third-highest Champions League goal scorer has ever returned to his very best.
GONE: “It’s great to see Raheem Sterling get among the goals again in the last couple of games. I think he has struggled and he will be the first to admit it, but I think the criticism of him is overplayed. – it’s tougher than it should be. ” he has looked much better.
“I thought he was great on the left wing [against PSG] in his favorite spot where he really claims in Phil Foden’s absence to keep it for a few games.
“He did all the things that Raheem Sterling does at his best, like take on players. He gets frustrating to see when he always cuts in on his right foot from the left side and gets predictable, but he took it to the city line – he was anything but predictable. “
Farrell added how Sterling’s match with Hakimi was crucial to City’s victory over the Ligue 1 outfit.
DF: “Whether he’s in shape or not, he’s an absolute threat to defenders, he just does not leave them alone. I thought Raheem got the edge in that match. [with Hakimi] was the key. ”
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Brotherton added how Sterling has suddenly been able to change the tide of the narrative of his future at the Etihad, giving Guardiola a January dilemma of £ 243 million.
GONE: “It’s strange how things change in a week, because before the Everton game it was about doom and gloom about whether Sterling would go, and now he’s had two good games, so City will not give him anything off.
“He’s still an incredibly important player, so now, depending on how long Foden and Grealish are out, he could get an extended run on the team, and in a few months he could be City’s first-choice left-back again.”
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