Chelsea host Man City today with both clubs showcasing some of the biggest talents in the Premier League.
Raheem Sterling and Eden Hazard are two players that are certainly big names in the league, and will be crucial if either team want to earn a victory.
With that in mind, let’s compare these two transfers…
Sterling joined Man City from Liverpool in 2015 for £49m as one of the best up and comers in England. Since arriving at The Etihad, he has cemented himself as one of the best wingers in the country. He was already highly regarded while at Liverpool, but the arrival of Pep Guardiola has just taken him up another level.
A Premier League winner and a League Cup winner with The Cityzens, Sterling is a regular for the Spaniard, and for Gareth Southgate for England.
Although he was brilliant last season in City’s record-breaking season, he looks to have improved this campaign. The 23-year-old already has eight goals and six assists in twelve games in the Premier League and does not look like relenting.
It was a large sum the Premier League champions paid for him, but when it brings a team success, many say it’s worth it.
TT Grade: A
When Chelsea signed 21-year-old Hazard for £32m from Ligue 1 outfit Lille, there was a lot expected from the youngster.
It’s fair to say that the Belgian has delivered. A two-time Premier League winner, a League Cup winner, an FA Cup winner and a Europa League winner, Hazard has brought Chelsea a lot of success.
But he has certainly not been a passenger in this Chelsea team, as he has won the Premier League Player of the Season before. He continues to be one of the club’s best performers, and it looks as though he has taken his standard to another level this season.
Unfortunately, Spanish giants may come knocking, but it is safe to say The Blues could make quite a profit on him.
TT Grade: A+
When comparing these two players, there is no way that Hazard cannot win.
While they were bought at roughly the same age when they moved, Hazard was significantly cheaper. However, the fact that Sterling is an English player would inflate his price. This means that this factor is rather irrelevant.
However, it is what both players have achieved that makes Hazard the winner here. In terms of club silverware, they have both won their fair share, but it is the Belgian’s status at his club that wins him this battle.
Hazard is arguably Chelsea’s best player, although some may say that N’Golo Kante is. On the other hand, far fewer people would be saying that Sterling is City’s best player- he is good, but he doesn’t have the impact that Hazard has.