'Fantastic': Joe Cole says he's got high hopes for Chelsea 'all-rounder' going into first game of the season

Joe Cole has explained why he thinks Chelsea’s new signing Raheem Sterling is ready to make a big impact right from the very start of the new season.

Sterling, who moved to Stamford Bridge this week, is now getting accustomed to his new teammates during pre-season training.

The England attacker has completly changed his environment after seven years as a Manchester City player, so he’ll now look forward to returning to London.

Of course, the 27-year-old’s a player that knows the English top flight very well. In fact, he’s actually won the Premier League title four times already in his successful career.

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Joe Cole backing Raheem Sterling

Yes, it’s a new set of players for the left-winger to get used to playing with. However, he’s been consistently delivering goals and assists year on year in the top division in Man City colours.

Cole is very excited about what Sterling could do from as early as the Premier League’s opening day. Interestingly, he explained why he views him as an “all-rounder”:

“‘I’m excited, it’s the first signing of the new era and it is what I call a signing for now. You’re not concerned about there being a period of adjustment. There might be but you’re buying someone to produce the goods in the first game of the season,” Cole said.

“His dynamism, he makes things happen, his running behind. He is a fantastic timer of runs into the box and is technically very good. He can take a man out with his dribbling which is vital. He is an all-rounder, he gets goals, he makes goals. He makes a difference in big games, that’s what we need.”

A strong start to his career at Stamford Bridge to get supporters immediately on his side will be vital.

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The all-rounder

When you look at Chelsea’s new forward it’s difficult to find too many weaknesses.

He’s got the kind of pace, directness, intelligence and work rate that any top-class attacker has in the modern game.

Some critics do highlight the fact he’s not always the most ruthless when it comes to finishing, but 154 goals during his spells at Man City and Liverpool isn’t a bad return given the apparent weakness.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.