A hot topic of debate in the Transfer Tavern since the summer has been Raheem Sterling, a villain in the eyes of our Liverpool regulars but a firm-favourite for many of our strong Manchester City contingent.
Naturally the debate has surfaced once again this week, ahead of Sterling’s first game against his former employers this weekend, as Premier League leaders welcome Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium.
Our Liverpool fans won’t like us telling you this but their tune on Raheem Sterling has changed significantly, as they now declare he is overrated and Jordan Ibe was always better, which is a blatant lie.
Whilst they stand defiantly echoing that claim, EA Sports’ Player Performance Index has done us a favour by settling the argument once and for all- showing that Sterling in a City shirt is much better to the winger in a Liverpool shirt in the same stage last season.
Despite playing less football, Sterling has scored more Premier League goals than he did at this stage last year- although it’s scary to see he has the same tally of shots on and off target.
City fans at the bar believe that Sterling’s improvements are due to the fact that he’s used in a more advanced role with the Citizens, where he has reaped the benefits with over 80% of his completed passes coming in the opposition half.
Liverpool fans don’t like to see that their pantomime villain is performing well away from Anfield and have said this counts for nothing, as the important statistic will come from this weekend’s scoreline. We’ll be sure to remind them of that next week.
Data courtesy of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the Official Player Rating Index of the Barclays Premier League.