Raheem Sterling will finally live up to expectations next season

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During the 2015-16 season, Raheem Sterling came under huge criticism for his performances in his debut season for Manchester City after a £50 million move from Liverpool in the summer.

Considering his hefty price tag, his statistics were rather poor, as he only scored six in the Premier League, and half of those goals came in one game early in the season against AFC Bournemouth.

Assists were even worse, as a winger that cost £50m, you should be expected to obtain at least double figures, but he only made an unimpressive two.


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His performances for England at Euro 2016 were even worse. In fact, they were so bad, fans signed a petition and raised funds to get him on a plane home.

Having said all that, the 2016-17 season will see the rise of Raheem Sterling as a few crucial factors will contribute towards this.  

The first being the arrival of Pep Guardiola. The style of play that the Spaniard enforces will suit Sterling, as the short passes are a feature of his game already, so by training him to an elite level with everyone else on the same wavelength, can only have deadly consequences. 

Secondly, Sterling knows he isn't a guaranteed starter under the new regime as Guardiola has already signed Nolito, who will be keen to impress his new boss and show England what he can do following his impressive performances in Spain last season. He scored 12 goals and made 7 assists for Celta Vigo during the 2015/2016 campaign, a substantially better tally than Sterling's.

Finally, people may forget that Raheem Sterling is only 21, and with all the expectations of City fans and England fans alike, the pressure is inevitably going to catch up with him.

It happens to most players for a spell in their career, but if coached correctly and given support, then Sterling could be a contender for the PFA Player of the Year if he improves on his finishing, which he is likely to do under Guardiola.

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