Raheem Sterling has contributed to more goals than any other Man City player this season.
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling would be even better if he was more clinical in City’s big games.
That’s the opinion of Pep Guardiola, who believes Sterling still has room for improvement after the forward scored his 11th goal of the season in the Blues’ FA Cup win over Rotherham on Sunday.
Sterling has directly contributed to 20 goals for City this season – more than any other player – but the Etihad boss believes his No.
7 is capable of contributing even more, especially on the big stage.
“All the credit, we said many times…when the game starts, the influence from myself and our staff is zero on what happens in the game,” Guardiola said when asked what impact he has had on Sterling’s development.
“We have one idea, we tell them what maybe is going to happen.
The players are the artists, the credit absolutely belongs to them.
“Raheem’s work ethic… his physicality is incredibly strong, he has this mentality to create chances and score goals and it’s good for him.
He’s scored more goals now than in our first season (when Sterling finished the 16/17 season with 10 goals in all competitions).
“I think he improved a lot and it’s the same with Phil [Foden].
Raheem is 21, 22 years old (he’s 23).
We cannot expect him to be precise and clear and make good decisions in every single action.
“When he is 26 or 27 he will be an incredible, much better player, give us more joy with the way he plays but he still has many things to improve.