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Is Trevor Sinclair right about Man City’s 24y/o?

Trevor Sinclair has claimed that Raheem Sterling is ‘already up there’ with Ronaldo and Messi. At only 24-years-old, how long will it be until he surpasses them?

Football fans of all loyalties will admit that Raheem Sterling is one of the best talents available right now. If those football fans are English, they have the privilege of supporting him in a white shirt on the international stage.

Sterling has scored six goals and gotten four assists in the four UEFA Euro Qualifier games so far. Which is not only a testament to England rapid improvement over recent years but also to the talent of the individual.

The winger seems to have developed a keen eye for goal. Looking to rival teammate Sergio Aguero on the Premier League goals tally, even resulting in a spat or two over who takes the penalties.

Upping his game

Sterling is currently on five goals, whilst Aguero tops the table on seven, in less game-time. Sterling rivalling himself against one of Europe’s best goal scorers demonstrates what kind of challenge Sterling is up for.

Many players have this sort of talent, and many others have this sort of appetite and attitude. However, when an individual excels in both their physical ability and their mentality, the concoction results in the type of players we hear about growing up. Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Messi, Iniesta, Van Persie etc.

Sterling is well on his way to becoming a player of that ilk, for he has not already. Performing on a domestic and national stage it pivotal to becoming one of the world’s greatest players, and he certainly does both.

Perhaps a good run or two in the Champions League, plus the retirement of Messi and Ronaldo, will be enough for the World to accept that Raheem Sterling is one of the best players in the game.

3 reasons why 15m signing is fast becoming a shrewd bit of business by Man Utd

After arriving from Swansea for only £15million, fans spoke of Daniel James as a substitute player who would merely be ‘one to watch’. Four games into the Premier League and James is the only one people are watching in the Man Utd squad…

Daniel James has 3 goals in 4 Premier League games for the Red Devils, with two of them being stunning strikes that the likes of Marcus Rashford or Raheem Sterling would receive ample amounts of praise for scoring. He also scored a similar goal off the left-hand side for Wales in their 1-0 win over Belarus.

Onwards and upwards

Not only is the young Welshman tucking goals away, but his unmatched pace provides options for Man Utd, which they haven’t had in recent years. As his confidence and skill continue to grow, his final third production of shots and crosses will only increase, adding to the danger of Man Utd’s threat.

A lot to learn in little time

The 21-year-old Welshman will have a tough season ahead of him, though. With Man Utd having a bottom-half of the table midfield, particularly in the absence of Paul Pogba, chances to pick out the winger will be few and far between. This means that we will see the best of him, Rashford and Martial when Man Utd have a strong midfield.

Showing up the others

However, in the meantime, James will be compared to Rashford and Martial who are both earning over £200k per week but offering significantly less to the squad than James is doing. This will increase the criticism for the rest of the lads who are under-performing, giving Solskjaer more of an idea of who is cut out for the job at hand.

For a £15million signing to defy the odds and become the Reds’ most prolific and outstanding player, in a time where they lack quality and threat. This alone makes the little Welsh speed-machine the steal of the season. Or even, the steal of Man Utd’s recent transfer history.

Man City’s stand out player in the opening month of the Premier League, agree?

In a Man City squad filled with depth and quality, picking out the one-star man could be tricky. However, with the calibre of performance that this player is giving the club, the choice is much more simple than expected…

Man City currently sit at second place in the Premier League table, a feeling they are not accustomed to. Liverpool currently stands atop the league, having won every game so far. Man City’s 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium against Tottenham Hotspur is was separates them from the Champions League winners.

However, one player, in particular, looks well on his way to clinching his side a third consecutive Premier League title.

Raheem Sterling

Sterling, who left Liverpool for Man City in 2015, has been in the shadow of striker Sergio Aguero who regularly scores the most goals for Man City in the Premier League amongst other competitions. The Argentine won the golden boot in the 2014/15 season.

As Gabriel Jesus edges his way into first-team football as Aguero edges towards 32 years old this season, it appears that Raheem Sterling is stepping up his game as he wants to be Man City’s number one goal scorer.

In the 17/18 Premier League season, Sterling scored 18 and assisted 15 in 33 games. Last season (18/19) the Jamaican-born Englishman scored 17 and assisted 12 in 34 games.

As it stands in the current season, Sterling has 5 goals and 0 assists in 4 games. But Aguero has 6 goals and 1 assist in 4 games.

Sterling and Aguero have been seen to bicker over penalty-taking rights as he looks to out-do his teammate in the goal-scoring department.

His determination to be the face of Manchester City has to lead to some fantastic performances and even better goals. His fight for the golden boot against his own teammate will likely go to the brink should both players remain injury-free.

OPINION: Josh Windass to Take on Nick Powell’s Role For Wigan Athletic – Agree?

With Nick Powell on the verge of signing for Stoke City on a free transfer, Wigan manager Paul Cook is faced with the task of replacing him. However, the replacement might be a lot closer to home than he first thought – Josh Windass.

After signing for The Latics from Rangers last summer, he has failed to make a positive impact, but that’s largely down to Powell playing in his favoured position. Now Powell is leaving, it offers Windass an opportunity to nail down the ‘number 10’ spot and prove his worth in the side.

Powell suffered from a hamstring injury at the start of 2019, which allowed Windass a chance to have a proper run in the side. He absolutely delivered, scoring in three consecutive games. There’s no doubt he has the ability – always wanting the ball, loves to run at defenders and beat them, and his finishing has improved massively since he joined the club.

His attitude is questionable at times, and that’s why he splits opinion with Wigan fans but was that frustration because of the lack of first-team opportunities? Yes.

In my opinion, he should start next season playing behind the striker, give him 15 games then judge him. Windass really carried the side when Powell was out injured, taking games by the scruff of the neck and trying to win them on his own.

I expect us to sign a new striker in the summer, so hopefully, Windass can strike a good relationship with the new recruit. I believe him failing or flailing next season, could define our whole campaign. Powell has been so influential to us over the years, it’ll be interesting to see how we play without him.

Is Windass good enough to fill the void? Can he score 10+ goals from midfield? Give him the chance to fly, it’s make or break time Josh.