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I disagree to be honest. If you had been at Anfield on Saturday you would have seen the most pathetic of performances where Raheem couldnt make a simple pass, track back when he lost the ball or put a cross into the box, he is an astonishing talent but he is by no means the finished article. He could easily be a £80-90k a week player in a couple of seasons and if he continues to improve that is exactly what he will get. Yes, I understand that plenty of clubs will come in and pay him £50k per week now and that if he fails to sign a contract we would probably only be looking at £10m in compensation but he isn't deserving of £50k a week yet.
It has been made pretty clear in the press of his love of non footballing life, a massive contract might be the end of his development and a new 'spice boy' may be born. For me, the best thing to offer him is a carrot filled contract with a healthy basic, maybe £20k per week, plus incremental pay reviews plus bonuses for performance, appearances etc. When suarez came into us he was on £35k per week then after his 1st full season had a contract review and bang, he is earning £100k plus. We have to keep him foccused on improving and for me, giving a 18yr old £50k a week after playing 14 games, scoring 1 goal and getting a micky mouse England friendly cap is not the way forward.
Well said Hobbs. Let’s be frank, Sterling has been a revelation so far this season, but is anyone certain he will continue to develop and turn into a great player? We hope he does, and he shows all the signs he could, but there is no guarantee. 50K a week is what a good contract for a well proven prem player, not what you offer a player for his first professional contract!
On the other hand he could develop into a world class player and 50K a week will look like chicken feed in a couple years’ time. By the time the lad is 21 or 22 he could be the English Messi and deserving of 150 or 200k a week, but if that is the case when his next contract is negotiated in a couple years (when he's not even 21) that might be what his advisors ask for.
But look at it this way. I can understand his agent and advisors playing hard ball. He's the flavor of the month with all the pundits. He's one bright spark in our so far lack luster season, and of course they want to get the most for him (and their cut of course) that they can. But there is more to negotiating this deal from the player’s point of view than just the amount he's going to get in his pay packet.
To develop and get to his full potential (whatever level that might be) he needs to have a good manager who understands how to develop young players. He needs playing time at the highest competitive level he's capable of, and surrounded by good players that can help him on his journey. He needs support. He needs to be protected so his head does not get turned or distracted by things off the pitch. I'm not saying he can't get those things at other clubs, but to get all of them from a single club is hard, and imo the clubs that can afford to pay the most are the least likeliest to be able to provide everything a young player needs.
Personally I do hope we keep him. He deserves a good contract, but I'd agree either one which is heavy on incentive pay, or maybe has a stepping process each year based on appearances, so after 3 years or so he's on or close to the 50k he's reportedly asking for. But if the press are right (who says they are) and it’s a red line if he can't get the wage he wants then I say we walk away. We may well regret it, but if his head is all about a certain number now, I'd say there as good odds the lad will burn out before he's 21 because he's more interested in living the life of a professional footballer than actually working on being one, than there is that we have the next world class player on our hands.
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This to me is a classic example of the "English press" at work. Sterling has the potential to be a very good player but he's not there yet. He's only scored once this season remember, which is hardly a staggering return for a forward.
Yet again we have the scenario where our squad circumstances have meant he's getting far more playing time than he normally would, and the press have locked onto a promising English youngster and elevated him to a level, which to be honest he's no where near yet. Hodgson hasn't helped by picking him for England either, although his choices are limted. It's happened with Rooney and Wiltshere as two examples. The press have made them out to be something really really special. Truth is they aren't on the same planet as players like Messi, Iniesta and Xavi and co.
I find it worrying that he's distracted with a little night life too.
I agree with those above that say he needs to ge a grip and yes be given a new contract but one that gets him focussed on playing and gives him something to go for and develop. He isn't worth £50k a week yet IMO.