Monday 27 March 2017

Liverpool legend claims Raheem Sterling could be the next Shaun Wright-Phillips

Raheem Sterling of Manchester City (R) celebrates a goal during the International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and AS Roma at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Raheem Sterling of Manchester City (R) celebrates a goal during the International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and AS Roma at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Liverpool great Steve Nicol fears that Raheem Sterling's £49m move to Manchester City could backfire for the former Reds winger.

Sterling scored just two minutes and 17 seconds into his City debut against Roma yesterday to make a very good first impression.

Speaking on TalkSport, Nicol sees similarities between Sterling's transfer and Shaun Wright-Phillips £21m switch to Chelsea in 2005.

Wright-Phillips was never a regular starter at Stamford Bridge and failed to fulfil his early promise.

The Anfield great said: “When Sterling left I looked at it as a Shaun Wright-Phillips situation - a kid who went to Chelsea and didn’t quite make it. I think that is possible it could happen to Sterling.”

Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with Sterling's first display for the club.

The Chilean told a postmatch press conference: “Well it is always important for the strikers to score. He scored very early in the game. “He just played 45 minutes. He has worked with our team for just a few days so I am very happy with the way he played.

“He demonstrated why he is here, he demonstrated not only his value as a player. He is a very young player so I think he will improve a lot in the future, playing with Yaya (Toure), David Silva and (Sergio) Kun Aguero.

“I am very happy for him and very happy for our team to have bought him.”

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