Tottenham: The club where Raheem Sterling would really thrive

Raheem Sterling

Leaving money to one side, would Tottenham Hotspur be the best fit for Liverpool contract rebel Raheem Sterling?

The pressure on Raheem Sterling at Liverpool has grown considerably since he told The BBC he had turned down a recent £100,000 per week contract offer from the club.

The winger has subsequently been linked with moves to Arsenal and Manchester United by The Sun, and last week The Mail reported Manchester City are plotting a huge summer offer.

Moving to any of these clubs could be a pivotal mistake for the 20-year-old's career. Sterling needs to be playing regularly in order to keep his career on an upwards curve.

Discounting United due to the storied rivalry between the two clubs, at either Arsenal or City, Sterling would find an intense competition for places and frequently find himself rotated in and out of the side.

That's why in footballing terms if the England international was to leave Liverpool, his best bet would be none other than Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs are a competitive side packed with talent, but lacking consistent wing play. Erik Lamela has flattered to deceive, and Andros Townsend is still to convince Mauricio Pochettino even if England boss Roy Hodgson remains keen. Aaron Lennon was deemed surplus to requirements and sent on loan to Everton.

Sterling could slot right in, and with quality strikers lacking beyond Harry Kane, he would also get chances to play up front as he has done for Liverpool this season.

The winger would likely welcome a return to London, having left QPR to join Liverpool early in his career, the chance to be closer to friends and family could help him flourish on the pitch.

Pochettino's recent success at developing young players at Southampton with the likes of Luke Shaw, and Tottenham with Harry Kane and Ryan Mason, could make him just the right coach to ensure the winger hits the heights he aspires to. Being able to link up with his fellow England stars would cancel out any insistence on Liverpool's part that he stays for the same reason.

Liverpool's likely huge transfer demands, and Sterling's wages would likely discount Tottenham from the race for his signature, at a time they are also investing heavily in the building of a new stadium.

Yet if down to a fit from an on pitch perspective, Spurs are arguably the very best fit if Sterling was to be plucked from Liverpool and placed into another Premier League side's squad.

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