‘He has to create things himself’ – Pundit pinpoints where things have gone wrong for Sterling at Chelsea

Oleksandr Zinchenko of Arsenal and Raheem Sterling of Chelsea Credit: Alamy
Oleksandr Zinchenko of Arsenal and Raheem Sterling of Chelsea Credit: Alamy

Chelsea’s problems were emphasised at the weekend and Micah Richards details where things have gone wrong for Raheem Sterling.

Graham Potter’s side are now winless across their last four Premier League matches.

Following their defeat against Arsenal, they have now slipped out of the top six as their problems have stated to pile up.

Sterling was Chelsea’s marquee summer signing, but the lack of goals in their squad has been apparent as of late.

Richards gave his insight on Sterling this season and where he can look to improve.

The pundit explained on MOTD2: “I still rate Raheem very highly but he looks a little lost.

“It’s like he is a bit frustrated in terms of Chelsea’s set-up and, tactically, does not know what they want him to do.”

Potter had experimented with Sterling in a slightly deeper role, but ultimately to little success.

The 27-year-old has scored three league goals across 12 appearances so far.

Richards added: “Raheem joined another top club in Chelsea and it looked like the perfect move for him,” Richards added. “But then they changed their manager and we have all seen the upheaval that has followed.

“After a manager signs you and says you are their top guy, like Tuchel did with Sterling, it must be frustrating when a new manager comes in and wants to use you differently.

“Every player just wants to have some stability. I think he is in good hands with Potter – let’s make that clear – but it is down to him to get the best out of Sterling now.

“The reason he was so effective at City was because he was part of a system that worked. He knew the system, and he fitted it because the runs he made were exactly what the team needed.”

Across 339 appearances for Man City, Sterling scored a total of 131 goals.

His most prolific season for City came in 2019-20 where he scored 20 league goals.

Richards continued: “City also played the same way, dominating the ball with 70-80% possession, every week, but now he is in a team who are in transition after changing managers, and seem to change formation all the time.

“The whole team are still figuring out how they play under Potter, so Sterling is not the only one who has to work that out.

“Using him in different positions hasn’t helped. Ideally I want to see him high and wide up the pitch, preferably on the left so he can go either way – inside or out – when he runs into the box.

“But whatever you call his role, you want him on the ball near goal, not in his own half having to run 60 or 70 yards to get a shooting opportunity.

“For City, he would always pick the ball up inside the opposition half. When he made his runs into the area, he knew the ball was coming because of the players they had in their team to provide for him.

“That’s not the case playing for Chelsea – he has to create things himself.”

Chelsea will face Man City in midweek in the EFL Cup before returning to Premier League action against Newcastle at the weekend.

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