Sterling missed multiple chances in the Capital One Cup final..

Raheem Sterling has a lot of work to do to justify his £49 million arrival at Manchester City

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Following the completion of his well publicised and controversial £49 million move from Liverpool to Manchester City in July 2015, which made him the most expensive English footballer of all time, the pressure to perform for Raheem Sterling was unparalleled.

The 21-year-old winger, who began his career at Queens Park Rangers, is widely regarded one of the world's most exciting young players, with his electric pace and dribbling particular weapons in his arsenal.

However, at the time of his big-money move to the Etihad, Sterling had only 18 senior goals to his name, emphasising the opinion his experience was unworthy of such a hefty price tag.


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Since his switch from red to blue, Sterling has enjoyed a reasonably positive start to his City career; having scored ten and assisted eight in all competitions so far this campaign, he has answered many of his critics and shown he is progressing well.

A first career hat-trick against Bournemouth in October was a particularly proud moment for the winger, scoring with a tap in for his first and two smart finishes for his second and third.

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Moreover, Sterling's ability to handle pressure and perform on the biggest stage has been integral to City's newfound success in the UEFA Champions League.

The England international impressed throughout and grabbed an assist against Dynamo Kiev in last Wednesday's 3-1 away win, the Sky Blues all but securing their first ever quarter-final in the competition.

Such displays in Europe's elite tournament will have pleased fans, Sterling also scoring a brace in December during the club's 4-2 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.

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However, the issue remains the Englishman goes largely anonymous for periods of time too extensive for a player of his value.

Sterling's final ball, especially from crosses, often leaves much to be desired, whilst his consistency in front of goal - he missed multiple chances against Liverpool on Sunday - needs considerable improvements.

Inconsistency aside, it's clear the youngster has a big future ahead given the somewhat positive start he's made to life in Manchester. His career remains but in its infancy, but assuming he honours the five-year length of his City contract, there is every chance he will fulfil his vast potential and prove his worth as a £49 million signing.

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