Before he's even kicked a ball for Manchester City, Liverpool will be laughing at their amazing £49million they got for Raheem Sterling. The 20-year-old's career already has a dark cloud over it and the forecast for the long term isn't too bright.
Allowing his agent to dictate his price tag and contact negotiations has left Sterling with a reputation that he will not shift easily, if at all.
What has he done for Liverpool exactly, that proves that he is worth so much? Nothing. Manchester City are so desperate to have their quota of English players (and they know that they have to play some) that they will pay any price they can for players. And the rest of the league know that.
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Sterling didn't light the world up at Liverpool. The media went crazy because he was a young winger who broke into a Premier League first team early; but he hasn't done anything.
Now that he has had a long (and tedious) fiasco over his contract and subsequent move to Man City, Raheem now has a mountain to climb to prove that he is worth all that money. Unfortunately his agent has painted the mountain to look like glory and trophies, so Raheem can't see it.
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Liverpool have an opportunity to buy some players who want to play for them and prove themselves worthy, but they have to be treated right. Comparing them, like so many are with Raheem, to 'Europe's elite', is not going to help.
Must prove himself
Any English player, whoever he plays for, must prove their worth with their club AND country. Something all future England managers should take heed of.
There are more than 23 players good enough to play for their country, and certainly others who know what a privilege it is to be called up, unlike Raheem and most of the current cohort.
Manchester City are a team Sterling has a better chance of winning trophies with, but he has to do more to get in the team. His ego is growing rapidly, and I can see it being both deflated and over-inflated in Manchester, depending on if he makes it or not.
He's got to sort himself out now. Don't try and be a god up there. He's got to play his game properly and win things and lead England as a team to do well in the Euros and next World Cup.
I can't see it happening though. A good substitute, burning out by 24, maybe 25. Always in the England squad because he 'plays' for a 'top 4' team. I can see trophies in his future, but not much game time in blue. He was better off staying at Liverpool for a few more years.
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