Raheem Sterling might fail to cope with new Manchester City pressure

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It's no surprise that another young talent who has enjoyed a decent season in the Premier League has forced a move out of a club for an inflated transfer fee.

Now the question is begged, can Raheem Sterling handle the impending pressure of a big money move?

Sterling talent

Sterling began last season just as his Liverpool did, in an impressive run of form. He scored in the first game of the season in a man of the match performance against Southampton, and the frighteningly sharp winger made it seem as though that campaign was to be his breakthrough...for a while.


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Just like Liverpool however, things petered out. Brendan Rodgers ran out of ideas and although Sterling was tactically utilised in a centre forward's role, his impressive displays fizzled out and fans were only treated to glimmers of his pre-Christmas form towards the end of February.

This is not to criticise one of England's brightest football talents. Like the majority of teens in the Premier League the excitement and adrenalin of early season success burns them out and, like many his age, Sterling was limited to cameos of brilliance towards the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

Move to City

Fast forward two months and the transfer window is well underway, with Manchester City having already captured the youngster to the tune of some £49million.

But what does this big move to Manchester mean to the player? More money? Sure. Champions League football? Sure. More silverware? Potentially. But more opportunity for growth? Debatable.

There's a trend that has developed in the Premier League recently. One that Fernando Torres, Andy Carroll and even Gareth Bale can relate to. And it's goes a little like this.

Startling trend

A player enjoys potentially the best purple patch of his career, the hype begins to circulate and before the season's even halfway through an inflated price tag is attached to his name. When a deal is finally agreed for this player to get his 'dream' move to pastures new it goes one of two ways.

Bale proved he could handle the pressure and rightly made his move from Spurs to Real Madrid at the right time. Carroll and Torres were not so lucky.

With that in mind, these players aren't the first and wont be the last to make a big money move and struggle with the pressure, and yet the narrative remains the same. Is it that is all becomes too much, too soon?

Will Sterling flop?

City have a real gem on their hands in Sterling, and who knows, he could continue to prove his critics wrong and it may turn out to be the signing of the season. To me it all looks a bit too rushed.

City saw their Manchester rivals United bulking up with four signings and as a result appear to have gone into the deal head first. A fee can have serious repercussions on a player's mentality, and although Sterling insists his focus is on his football, that big £49m valuation will be dangling in his mind at such an impressionable age.

Soon after said deal was done, Sterling flew out to pre-season to meet up with his new teammates, and the time away from England will be a great reflective experience as he closes the chapter on the club that developed so much of his talent.

Big potential, but also a big gamble

Sterling has the chance now to rub shoulders with some other big money names, who will surely help him adapt to the pressure. It should be that he gets the opportunity to focus on his football more than anything else, and, as a result, may be the best decision he ever makes.

After all, gambling a huge amount of money on a player who is not the finished article resonates a familiar feeling for City, and as a result Sterling can find comfort in the fact that he isn't the first player the club have forked out plenty of money for.

David Silva, Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas and Sergio Aguero can all relate to the big pressure of a move and it has worked out well for them. But the problem is, these players were reaching their peak, they weren't 20-years-old, and weren't English.

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