Raheem Sterling has had a brilliant season for Manchester City and England, should he be the Premier League’s most valuable player?
Raheem Sterling is one of a quintet of Premier League players valued at over £100m. The City No.7 has been in scintillating form, especially since the turn of the year. The goals have been coming thick and fast for Sterling. In March, he scored hat-tricks for club and country, evidence the 24-year-old is evolving into a potent forward.
Despite some wonderful performances, Transfermarkt does not value Sterling as the Premier League’s most expensive player, he’s not even listed in the top three. So who is?
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There are four players valued ahead of Sterling. Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, are all valued at £135m. Kane and Salah have each scored 17 in the campaign and are chasing Sergio Agüero for the Premier League Golden Boot. Kane won the accolade in 2016 and 2017, and Salah won the honour last season.
De Bruyne and compatriot Hazard are two unbelievably talented attacking midfielders. Hazard has won 100 international caps for Belgium. Injuries have limited De Bruyne’s contributions this season, but Sky Sports are reporting the City No.17 is back in training ahead of the trip to Fulham. De Bruyne is valued highly despite only playing 14 league games, that tells its own story.
So, the top four most valuable Premier League players comprise of two outstanding creative midfielders and two top-notch goal scorers. Where does that leave Sterling? He’s creating chances, scoring goals and his all-around play has improved.
The rumour mill is in full swing who Real Madrid will sign in the Summer. If Manchester City wins the league and/or Champions League, it will cost a lot more than £100m to sign the services of Sterling, who could well emerge as the Premier League’s most valuable player.