Joey Barton has launched a ferocious attack on Raheem Sterling
Joey Barton has launched a scathing attack on Raheem Sterling, when writing his column for French publication L'Equipe.
The Manchester City winger has found himself the target of heavy criticism in the wake of a pair of poor displays for England, and has been made a scapegoat for the Three Lions failure to win their Group.
Since Sterling's move to Man City, he has failed to reach the heights expected of him, and Rangers star Barton didn't hold back with his opinion when writing for L'Equipe, reported by The Daily Mirror:
Sterling was woeful against Russia and Wales respectively
“Raheem Sterling has been poor for two years now. Unfortunately, he has not been coached well enough. If you take away his pace, he is really weak, very limited technically."
Barton went on to question how the 21-year-old commanded such a huge transfer fee when he moved from Liverpool last summer:
"With his final ball, he is imprecise or clumsy. Without his pace, would he be a professional? If he weren't so quick, he would not be apt to do the job. And to think he cost £50m! I am really perplexed to see him in the national team after the season he has had. With France, Germany, Belgium or Spain, he would never be picked."
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling has failed to live up to expectations since his £50 million move
In what has been a troublesome couple of weeks for Sterling, the latest comments from Barton could do one of two things. They could add to the Man City man's misery if he lets them affect him in an adverse way, or he can use the comments to galvanise himself, and prove to everyone that he does in fact have something to offer the national side.
Only time will tell in that regard.
Can Sterling use Barton's words to galvanise his stalling career?