Raheem Sterling unfairly judged for his goals, but he’s a winger, says Manchester City legend Sean Wright-Phillips

On Tuesday, RAHIM STERLING received the royal seal of approval – now England fans should treat him like a king.

Sean Wright-Phillips believes fans underestimate Sterling because he is being judged unfairly compared to world-class strikers, when in fact he is a winger.


Sean Wright-Philips defended Manchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling.1 credit
Sterling Has Been Criticized For His Lack Of Goals, But Wright-Philips Believes The Criticism Is Unfair As City'S Ace Is A Winger And Not A Striker.


Sterling has been criticized for his lack of goals, but Wright-Philips believes the criticism is unfair as City’s ace is a winger and not a striker.Credit: MatchDay Images Limited

Manchester City star Sterling spent time with Prince William in the Caribbean earlier this week and will travel to England today.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate allowed him to join his teammates a day later after he responded to a personal invitation from the Duke of Cambridge.

Sterling, who is of Jamaican origin, found his chances at City limited on both sides of last year’s summer break.

However, City chief Pep Guardiola began using him as an impromptu centre-forward following the departure of Sergio Aguero.

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And Sterling, 27, played his part in keeping City alive on three fronts, scoring his 14th goal of the season in Sunday’s 4-1 FA Cup win over Southampton.

That’s not a bad result considering he’s only started 24 games this season and had little experience at center before.

Former City star Wright-Phillips said: “Everyone says it was a miss last year, but people sometimes forget he’s still young. They forget that he is a winger who is now classified as a striker.

“His game changed a lot under Pep and you could say that in a way he has gotten a lot better.

“He’s an elite player now and people just have to start seeing that.”

It has been a season of ups and downs for the former Liverpool player.

He only started three of City’s first 11 league games, scoring just one goal.


This Week Sterling Spent Time With Prince William In The Caribbean And Will Be In England.


This week Sterling spent time with Prince William in the Caribbean and will be in England.1 credit

And then there was talk that in January Barcelona would take a step after a non-standard star.

Sterling put his head down and returned to the net again in November – and he played his part in winning championship trophies.

But earlier this month, he was left out of the starting XI for the Manchester derby and also found himself on the bench after a goalless draw at Crystal Palace in the last Premier League game.

Wright-Phillips, 40, believes Sterling will continue to play a huge role in what promises to be exciting.

SWP added: “Players have their ups and downs. Even when he wasn’t necessarily a fit player, he still took positions and created chances.

“All that has happened now is that he is doing the same thing.

“And he creates for himself, he wins penalties for the team and scores goals.

“It’s perfect and it’s just the Sterling that everyone knows and loves.”

The arrival of Jack Grealish in the summer for a UK record £100m left Sterling’s future at the club in question.

However, his Three Lions teammate has also had a hard time since he left Aston Villa’s kids’ club in search of trophies.

Guardiola has given Grealish plenty of opportunities – with 25 starts – but City fans are still waiting to see the best of him.

Critics were quick to pounce on him because of the hefty price tag, but Wright-Phillips told him to ignore the criticism.

Wright-Philips Also Defended Jack Grealish, Who, Like Sterling, Was Slated For Lack Of Goals And Assists.


Wright-Philips also defended Jack Grealish, who, like Sterling, was slated for lack of goals and assists.1 credit

The former Chelsea player, who made big money at Stamford Bridge from City before returning at the end of his career, said: “Ignore what anyone says outside the game.

“Listen only to what Pep says. If Pep is happy, then continue. “And the same with compliments, yes.

“Of course it’s nice to hear compliments, but compliments can last up to 24 hours.

“There is one more game and opinions may change. So for me, if he’s been told he’s doing well, he just needs to keep doing what the manager asks of him.”

Guardiola had previously told Grealish not to worry too much about the stats – and just four goals this season is a meager profit.

But the SWP agrees that his performances have been better than the numbers suggest and insists goals and assists will start to come in over time. He added: “When you are bought for £100 million, you are of course in that elite category.

“But he grew up in a team where he kept the ball all the time. He joined a city team full of stars who want the ball as much as he does.

“So, I think he is doing well. But he probably wants to give more and has the ability to do so.”

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