'You have got to have faith': Chris Sutton thinks £50m Chelsea player needs to be trusted
Chris Sutton has reacted positively to the inclusion of Raheem Sterling in England’s World Cup squad and suggests people need to show some faith in the Chelsea player.
Sterling, who cost the Blues £50million in the summer, is still trying to find peak form in Chelsea colours.
He’s got five goals and two assists in 17 appearances for his new club this season, which has been enough to earn him a spot on the plane to Qatar.
The 27-year-old winger is definitely one of the most experienced individuals in England’s 26-man World Cup squad.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate sticks with him as a main starter, something he’s done to great success in recent times on the international stage.
Wayne Rooney has admitted he would actually use Sterling as an option off the bench rather than start him.
Sterling in World Cup squad
Sutton has marked Southgate’s decision to include Sterling in the England squad a 4/5.
“You have got to have faith in Sterling. He has not had the greatest season for Chelsea but is important for England. Let’s not use him as a left wing-back like Graham Potter please, Southgate,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.
If he plays, Sterling will surely feature in his usual role as the left-winger in England’s system.
There should never have been any debate about taking him to Qatar given his quality and previous Three Lions form, but you can’t hide away from the fact that some England teammates are in better touch for their clubs.
It’s obvious that Sterling has had to struggle through a time that Chelsea boss Graham Potter is using him in a variety of different positions on the pitch. Hopefully, that’s something that settles down at club level after the World Cup.
Sterling can come back like a player reborn if he shines for his country over the next month.
The start to his Chelsea career has been far from all doom and gloom, with signs that he does actually improve the XI compared to previous years.
He’s definitely capable of scoring 15-plus goals this campaign for the Blues, but Potter needs to work out how to get the best from him.