Wright-Phillips backs Sterling for more personal glory
Former Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips says Raheem Sterling has the ability to score 30 goals this season.
The England winger has had a sensational start to the new season under Pep Guardiola, first netting a hat trick in their opening day 5-0 win at West Hm.
He then scored a header from a tight angle in the 2-2 draw against Tottenham last Saturday to take his tally to four from two games.
Sterling is arguably the most improved player over the past few seasons with Guardiola getting the best out of him, after it looked like he could have joined Arsenal in the summer of 2017.
The former Liverpool star scored 25 goals in all competitions last season and was awarded with the PFA Young Player of the Year as well as the Football Writers’ Player of the Year.
His great form led to him being named as England captain for their Nations League semi-final match against the Netherlands.
Wright-Phillips, who had two spells at City between 1999-2005 and 2008-2011, says Sterling has the ability to improve further from his excellent current form.
“He’s outstanding,” Wright-Phillips says. “He’s a delight to watch, always plays with a smile on his face and does what City fans love – works hard, fights for the club and under Pep he’s grown so much.
“People always talk about his end product and now you just expect him to have 15 assists a season.
“It’s looking like he could hit 30 goals this season and I hope he does.”
Sterling has seen a rapid rise to super stardom under Guardiola since he took over the club in 2016.
At the time, he had just completed his first season with the Etihad side after a protracted move from Liverpool, during which he was criticised for his conduct.
Sterling scored six Premier League goals in his first year before Guardiola took over and it looked like he could be sacrificed to make way for Alexis Sanchez, who the manager was very keen on bringing in.
However, Sterling stayed put and has seen his stock rise a huge amount over the past two years.
His form saw him pen a new deal last November, though the 24-year-old has also indicated that he would be open to playing abroad in the future.