Former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers striker Jay Bothroyd has defended Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling on social networking site Twitter.
Sterling has been criticised by the Liverpool fans for his reported disinclination to sign a new contract (click here to read more).
Bothroyd, currently at Japanese club Jubilo Iwata, seems to believe that Sterling has the right to demand a move away from the Merseyside outfit.
Why are people hammering @sterling31 for wanting to better his chances of earning silverware and getting as much money as possible?— Jay bothroyd (@jaybothroyd) May 19, 2015
There is no loyalty in football and we have seen that! Why didn't Liverpool tie Gerrard down ? Chelsea the same with Lampard ?— Jay bothroyd (@jaybothroyd) May 19, 2015
Football clubs use players until they are not needed why can't players do the same with clubs? That's the real question!— Jay bothroyd (@jaybothroyd) May 19, 2015
People saying sterling should do it like De Gea the only difference there is man utd want to sell him because they want the money to— Jay bothroyd (@jaybothroyd) May 19, 2015
improve there squad!! Liverpool is a great club but let's be honest they ain't winning nothing anytime soon!— Jay bothroyd (@jaybothroyd) May 19, 2015
Bothroyd does make some valid points, and indeed Sterling has the right to ask for a transfer.
If the 20-year-old is not happy at Liverpool for some reason, then he should be allowed to inform the club.
Similarly, if Liverpool are not happy with Sterling - or any other player - then they can discuss about moving him on.
However, it would have been better for all parties concerned had the Sterling issue not been made public.
It would have been quite easy for the two parties to discuss the matter behind closed doors, and make it public only after reaching a final decision.