‘Won’t answer all the questions’ ESPN pundit argues Sterling won’t be Chelsea’s missing piece

Raheem Sterling’s impact if he moved to Chelsea has been questioned by ESPN pundit Craig Burley.

The Manchester City star has been rumoured to be wanting a new challenge this summer, as competition mounts in the champions’ stacked attacking line.

Despite being a regular goalscorer under Pep Guardiola, players such as Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus have seen his starting appearances limited.

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This alerted some of the world’s elite clubs that Sterling may be available this summer, with his contract only a year away from expiring at the Etihad.

Chelsea have emerged as the reported heavy favourites for the deal, with it being speculated by Di Marzio that the deal could be available for only £35m.

However, Burley has questioned whether a deal for the England international would be the perfect signing for the Blues, with Chelsea already having players competing for places in attack.

He said: “If this deal does happen, are Chelsea just trying to overload themselves with similar players? I know he can play across the front line but so can Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech to an extent, Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount.

“It won’t answer all the questions, it would be one piece of a jigsaw that’s missing three or four pieces before they’re even close to City and Liverpool.”

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While Chelsea’s need to strengthen in other areas, such as centre back, is essential and obvious, the signing of a player like Sterling is an opportunity which doesn’t come around often.

Not only would it be weakening a team they are looking to be direct rivals with, the England international would provide an essential Premier League proven goalscorer to their attack which has been toothless at times under Thomas Tuchel.

Also individually, Sterling will have the opportunity to prove he can be more than a cog in the City machine as Chelsea desperately need some individual brilliance to unlock teams.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.