The rebirth of Raheem Sterling

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester City vs Southampton - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - November 29, 2017 Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

Raheem Sterling maintained his superb form for Manchester City by clinching the club’s 18th consecutive Premier League victory after notching the only goal in a 1-0 win at Newcastle.

It was top-scorer Raheem’s 13th league goal of the season – and his 17th in all competitions – and also offered another reminder of Kevin De Bruyne’s breathtaking ability.

Receiving the ball from Raheem on the edge of the Newcastle area, KDB then delivered an exquisite through-ball as the England winger sprinted into the box.

Doing the right thing. So far this season, Sterling has scored a staggering 18 goals across all competitions, the latest of which coming just 38 seconds into City’s Tuesday-night park stroll against Watford.

It was a confident, left-footed finish of a man who seemingly has the utmost confidence in his own ability to hit the target. It is also a far cry from parts of last season, when City fans wondered if they were ever going to get an end product from a player who cost £49m when they prised him away from Liverpool in 2015.

But now City are reaping the rewards. So what is it down to? The influence of his manager cannot be overstated. While he may have spent big, Guardiola is a coach who develops players.


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