The Express has suggested why Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur didn’t sign Raheem Sterling when he was at Queens Park Rangers.
Sterling has been transformed into one of England’s most important players during his time under Brendan Rodgers, but the trio of top flight London clubs, along with Fulham from the Championship, opted not to sign him when they had the chance to do so.
“Concerns over his behaviour and background saw the London clubs pull out of a deal for Sterling,” reports the Express.
“Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, they all knew about Raheem. But their attitude was: 'Too small, too much baggage’” added Kevin Gallen.
Reflection in football is a wonderful thing and looking at the way Sterling’s career has progressed, the decision not to sign him is a mistake.
However, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are three of the biggest clubs in England, all with very good youth team systems and they made a decision based on the state of their youth team ranks at the time.
All three clubs have youngsters either in the first team, or on the fringes of the first team who progressed from the youth team system and while Sterling is a missed opportunity, the three clubs have all had success in terms of their youth team ranks and the way they decide to move on players.
Sterling is reportedly being courted by the likes of Real Madrid but Liverpool hold the aces and should get him tied down to a long term contract which keeps him at the club into his early 20s.
All parties concerned have moved on.