Raheem Sterling's price tag and wage demands have been the subject of mass debate over the last few weeks.
Talks of £200,000-a-week wages for a 19-year-old have left many wondering if Liverpool's wonder-kid really is worth this astronomical money?
City move on?
His destination inevitably seems to be Manchester City, a club with a rich history of spending huge amounts of money and providing extortionate wages. However, the expensive acquisition of Sterling could prove to be a wise investment for Pellegrini's squad, one that could provide an essential improvement.
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Pellegrini's favoured formation is the questionable 4-4-2, though at times last season that formation has operated rigidly and lacked the necessary flexibility to be truly effective.
Sergio Aguero is the irreplaceable member of the forward line in this system but it has been his partners that have hindered how the formation operates.
Edin Dzeko has been the most common partner used, but his only focus on the pitch is to score goals. The Bosnian needs to be the focal point of the attack and not playing second string to Aguero, his all round play is debatable but he is a proven goal scorer.
His lack of input in certain areas of the pitch place more pressure on other members of the City team. Yaya Toure was the main victim of this last season as his lack of defensive awareness was exploited far to many times, leading to heavy scrutiny from pundits and fans alike.
Dzeko has been a useful player for City during his time at the club but his time seems to be up and for the good of his career he should seek a new club.
Sterling could be the man to fill the void and perhaps have a more positive impact than Dzeko has over recent months.
Last season Brendan Rodgers used Sterling in a number of different roles. As a lone striker it was clear that he possesses neither the finishing nor the physical attributes to play this role on his own. As a right-wing back the less said about Sterling's performance the better; he is not a defence minded player.
His best days in a Liverpool shirt came when he was supporting the glorious duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Sterling's pace, skill and creativity were crucial to Liverpool's sensational form during the tail end of 2013/14 and he firmly established himself as one of Europe's finest youngsters.
Sterling potential great
In my opinion I believe Sterling would re-kindle this sort of form playing in a supporting role behind Aguero. His flexibility and ability to penetrate opposition defences would not only help Aguero but provide an extra dimension to Pellegrini's 4-4-2.
Sterling is far from the finished article; his erratic finishing and lack of maturity at time were a telling factor in his previous campaign. However, you have to feel that given the chance to play a similar role as he did at the time of the 'SAS' he would progress much quicker as a player.
Pellegrini may choose to use Sterling as a winger but for me he would be best utilised as a supporting striker. He will need to add more goals to his game but his energy and obvious talent could be exactly what City need because what they lack most, is youth.
Liverpool fans, City fans, what do you make of Sterling's potential switch? Let us know in the comments box below.
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