Raheem Sterling isn’t ready for Manchester City move, says Glenn Hoddle

Raheem Sterling

The 20-year old completed his £49 million pound switch from Liverpool this week.

Much has been made of the fee paid for Raheem Sterling – a fee which makes him the most expensive English player in history - and England and Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has now taken to Kicca to share his thoughts on the transfer.

On the topic of Sterling being value for money, Hoddle wrote: "If you cut the £49 million into years and say it’s a five-year contract that he’s signed, then would you pay just under £10 million a season for him? I think you would."

At 20-years old, there’s clearly room for growth, and the former Spurs man feels that City are shelling out for what could be to come in the future.

He added: "I think they’re buying potential and he’s shown in the past couple of years what a good player he could be. But he’s got to become more consistent."

£49 million is a sizeable amount to spend on potential, especially when his return last season is taken into consideration.

Sterling managed just eight goals and eight assists in his 47 appearances last term, none of which came on the biggest the stage in club football, the Champions League.

It is doubtful whether the former Liverpool winger is the man to come in and make the difference for Manchester City - in terms of challenging for domestic and European honours - next season.

Hoddle went on to express doubts about whether Sterling’s personality is suited to the situation he finds himself in, adding on Kicca: "Is he the right character to walk in as a £50 million player at Man City and demand the ball, say ‘I’m the man you want to give the ball to’? I’m not sure he’s ready in that sense, at this moment in time."

Regular game time could also be an issue if Sterling fails to hit the ground running, and Hoddle fears the 20-year old may fall into the familiar trap of young talents moving too soon, to the detriment of their careers.

He said: "The other thing that concerns me about the move is will he be able to turn it on straight away? I wouldn’t like him to go down the road that Sinclair went down at City and Rodwell, to a certain degree.

"He’s got to be playing week in week out… But I think it’s a real big question mark whether that will happen at City."

City have undoubtedly added a player of real quality to their squad, but it's the manner of his exit and the giant transfer fee that has caused such a backlash.

The days of the transfer market representing a players actual value are long gone anyway, but should City find themselves top of the Premier League come May 15th - Raheem Sterling will be worth every penny of that £49 million.

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