Neville and Jenas praise Raheem Sterling performance for Manchester City

Raheem Sterling

The punditry duo are also enthused by a burgeoning relationship with Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva.

Speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football, broadcast from 7pm on Monday 17 August, Gary Neville has praised Raheem Sterling for his start to his Manchester City career, while Jermaine Jenas was also full of praise in his column for Yahoo Sports. 

The Citizens have made an impressive start to the new season, with a 3-0 win over West Brom in their opening game being followed by an impressive dismantling of Jose Mourinho’s side by the same score line in their second game.

Sterling started both games and has made a solid in uninspiring start to his City career, although Neville has praised him for his performance on Sunday, saying it was a mature and disciplined performance from the young forward.

“It was a very good performance from him,” he told Monday Night Football.

“I thought it was a really mature, disciplined performance from Raheem Sterling. It wasn’t spectacular; it wasn’t goals and lots of assists. His positional sense was immaculate. He gave Ivanovic a torrid time.”

And Jenas was equally enthused by his start to his City career in his column for Yahoo Sports.

“Sterling's start to the season perhaps hasn't been as eye-catching as some of City's other star performers, but I like the fact that he has slotted into a position and already started to build relationships on the pitch,” he added.

Exciting relationships with Silva and Kolarov

Given the big fee that City have paid to secure Sterling, many are questioning whether he is worth the money or if he will significantly improve their side.

However, so far he seems to have been building an impressive relationship with both Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva on the left hand side, with that being a particular strong point in the win over Chelsea.

Neville was enthused by that burgeoning relationship, while Jenas has predicted that it could lead to Sterling scoring plenty of goals from the position this season.

“The feature in the opening weeks has been the relationship with Silva, Sterling and Kolarov. I think it’s really exciting what we’ve seen from Kolarov and Sterling and it will be a nightmare to play against,” said Neville.

“As he gets to know the likes of Silva and Kolarov better, he will improve and become more instinctive,” added Jenas.

“It will take half a second off a lot of his decisions and give him an extra edge. I think he can get a lot of goals from that position for City this season.”

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