Raheem Sterling has finally completed a controversial move to Manchester City. After weeks of speculation, the young England international has penned a deal with the Premier League giants, with Liverpool receiving an incredible £49million in compensation.
Liverpool fans have not held back in showing their displeasure with Sterling's attitude. The young star seems to have developed a bit of an ego and had refused to train with Liverpool before departing for City.
City sign Sterling
City paid a record transfer fee for a player under 21 years of age and will be expecting the starlet to make regular appearances for the team. No club pays £49m and then sticks a player on the bench, after all.
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To put the scope of this fee into perspective, the Englishman has cost them £14m more than Sergio Aguero and almost double what they paid for David Silva.
Sterling is however, bound to be successful at City if he allows himself to get over the inevitable worry of a large transfer fee.
With three seasons of Premier League football already under his belt, Sterling has experienced the highs and lows of the division with Liverpool. His best season yet came in 2013/14, when Liverpool almost managed to pick up a trophy.
During this season, defences often focused entirely on the partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, this gave Sterling time and space to really create magic on the pitch. After Suarez left and Sturridge was sidelined with injury, Sterling fell a little short of having that same effect, mainly because he was unable to cope with being pressured by opposition defences more focused on stopping him.
In this way Sterling will benefit from City's arrangement, because defences are sure to be worried about the likes of Aguero and Silva, thus giving Sterling the freedom he needs to create movement and goals.
While the England star didn't look too comfortable at Liverpool this past season he will definitely add to the quality of an already good City side. Whether or not he is able to take advantage of his opportunities at the Etihad of course remains to be seen.
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