Ian Wright says Raheem Sterling should aspire to be like Marc Overmars

Raheem Sterling

Ian Wright says that Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling should try to emulate former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has told BBC Sport that Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling should aspire to be like Marc Overmars.

Former Netherlands winger Overmars played for Arsenal from 1997 to 2000 before moving to Spanish giants Barcelona.

“Whether it is his finishing or his crossing we are talking about, it clearly needs to be much better to make the most of his ability to get behind opposition defences,” Wright told BBC Sport about Sterling.

“My old Arsenal teammate Marc Overmars is exactly the kind of player I think he should aspire to be. Overmars was a winger but when he got into the box I always backed him to score. His goals-to-game ratio for the Gunners was incredible.”

Sterling, who joined City from Premier League rivals Liverpool in the summer transfer window, is a very promising and talented young player.

The 20-year-old is a versatile footballer who can play as a winger, an attacking midfielder or a striker.

The England international does have good skills and tricks, but his crosses are not always effective and he also needs to work on his shooting skills.

Sterling has scored four goals and created 17 chances in 12 Premier League appearances so far this season.

The former Liverpool attacker has a pass accuracy of 85% and a shot accuracy of 65%, and has won one header, 16 dribbles and eight tackles.

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