After a high-profile summer move from reigning Premier League champions Manchester City to Chelsea, Raheem Sterling will be looking to bring his title-winning experience to Stamford Bridge.
Arguably a player who was undervalued at times during his spell at the Etihad Stadium, Sterling has joined a Chelsea side where he will be a key figure this season.
Ambitious Sterling Wants More
Not content with his bit-part role in big games at the end of last season, Sterling showed his ambitious nature by wanting to be a regular starter at another club. Chelsea, who are considered outsiders for the title in the Premier League betting tips, certainly have ground to make on the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool in the English top flight. But signing players of the quality of Sterling will give the West London outfit a chance of being in the mix for the title when the final few games of the season come around.
Sterling managed to win four Premier League titles during his time with the Citizens, while also winning four League Cups and an FA Cup. The England international also came so close to lifting the Champions League trophy in the 2020-21 season, only to be denied by his current employers, Chelsea, in the final. Despite all he has achieved in his career to date, Sterling still seems to have a hunger for more success. A player who has been on the Premier League circuit for so long, it’s easy to forget Sterling is only 27 and still has plenty more years at the highest level ahead of him.
Getting Settled At Chelsea
A London man himself, it’s easy to see why a move to Chelsea would hold such appeal for a player who during spells at Liverpool and City spent so much time up in the northwest of England. But while it won’t take him long to settle back into the familiar surroundings of the capital, it might take time to adapt to Chelsea’s style of play under manager Thomas Tuchel. Sterling has spent the last six years playing under the great Pep Guardiola at City. The Spanish tactician has a very specific style and it may well take Sterling time to get used to a new system under Tuchel. There is no doubting the forward’s ability to learn but expecting Sterling to hit the ground running at Chelsea with consistent top performances might be unrealistic.
With the likes of Romelu Lukaku moving out on loan and fellow forward Timo Werner returning to RB Leipzig, there is pressure on Sterling to help contribute goals at Stamford Bridge this season. Goals were an issue for the Blues last term, as they scored 76 times, compared to City’s 99. Sterling has been brought in to add a new element to the Chelsea attack and if he can get near 20 or more goals for the campaign, it will have been a very strong first season for the summer signing.
Having enjoyed domestic and European success, standards are high at Chelsea. With Sterling’s own high standards and ambitions, the club and the player look like a perfect match.