Chelsea instantly improve with Raheem Sterling; what he brings tactically and what transfers might follow.



Raheem Sterling joined chelsea of Manchester City in a deal worth $60 million. The website England The striker was Thomas Tuchel’s main attacking target and the two clubs were never far apart which made for relatively easy negotiations. Sterling, 27, however, took his time to make up his mind – a sensible approach given his age and the importance of the decision to his career, especially in this World Cup year…13;


Under these conditions, the role played by Todd Boehly, president and American minority owner, and Tuchel should not be underestimated in encouraging him to leave Manchester City. Sterling appreciated the time Boehly gave him to make his decision and was impressed with the accessibility of the minority owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tuchel went into great detail about Sterling’s role in the squad as a left-handed striker (his favorite role), and he was both sold and excited after his chat with the Chelsea boss.


Sterling has told City director of football Txiki Begiristain he wants a new challenge. And although Begiristain ideally wanted him to stay, the arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez, City were never going to get in Sterling’s way, especially not with a year’s contract remaining and an attractive offer to come;


From Sterling’s perspective, sources tell CBS Sports that he wants to play every week – especially in a World Cup year – and believes he can get in the running for the Ballon d’Or by joining Stamford Bridge&13;


Sterling joined his new teammates in Los Angeles on Wednesday, just in time for their trip to Las Vegas, where Chelsea will play Club America in their first pre-season friendly on Saturday.


Excitement reigns in the Chelsea dressing room as he arrives with two of his England team-mates, Ben Chilwell and Mount Mason considering Sterling as a statement signature.


What will Sterling bring?


Sterling is a confirmed goalscorer and a serial winner. Last season he won his fourth Premier League title under manager Pep Guardiola. Sterling has contributed with 13 goals and five assists despite only starting 23 games. This performance is the result of a number of shots per 90 minutes lower than that of the France team. hakim ziyech, Timo WernerMason Mount and Kai HavertzYet all scored fewer goals. It’s also worth noting that Sterling has touched the opposition box more times (8.93) per 90 minutes than any Chelsea player. current ahead.

Sterling’s total goalscoring tally has actually eclipsed Chelsea’s top scorer in each of the last five seasons, with his best showing coming in 2019-20, when he netted 31 times. He leaves Manchester City with 131 goals and 74 assists in all competitions in 339 games.




2021-22


17


15 (Lukaku)


2020-21


14


12 (Werner/Abraham)


2019-20


31


18 (Abraham)


2018-19


25


21 (Hazard)


2017-18


23


17 (Hazard)


Of Sterling’s 109 Premier League goals, 78 have come in the last five seasons, in 161 appearances. Only liverpoolMohamed Salah of Liverpool, Tottenham Harry Kane and Leicester City‘s Jamie Vardy were more prolific during the same period. An average shot from Sterling has a 24% chance of finding the back of the net, while his big-chance conversion rate is the same as Salah’s at 47%.

Sterling has also had 52 assists, created 250 chances and made 320 catches (the fourth highest in the Premier League) since 2017. Those numbers show why Tuchel is so convinced that he is the ideal man to improve Chelsea’s attack&13;

Sterling has scored 154 goals in 468 appearances.

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Where will Sterling fit in at Chelsea?


Simply put, Sterling provides Tuchel with attacking options and tactical versatility. At Manchester City, his role was closer to that of a second striker than a traditional outfield player, but he also enjoys putting white chalk on his boots and stretching defences.


Sterling is a constant threat in one-on-one situations and he doesn’t hesitate to switch sides. And he likes to place himself between the lines of play to chain actions;


At Chelsea, Sterling will be used as a number ten or a wide striker. He is also comfortable as a false nine, although he is much less likely to be deployed in that capacity, even with the arrival of the France team. Romelu Lukaku leaving for Inter on loan. His versatility makes him an asset as he fits perfectly into Tuchel’s preferred 3-4-2-1 formation, as well as a 3-4-3 or 4-3-3.


From Sterling’s perspective, the fit is essentially about being integral and therefore not being used sporadically or changingly. Tuchel has already made it clear to Sterling that he will have the freedom to step into the box and, more broadly, to be an automatic name on the team roster


Part of Sterling’s frustration at City was feeling he was still at the top of his game, but absent from most big games. According to sources, he was particularly disappointed to have played only 28 minutes in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City. real Madrid.


To Sterling’s credit, any frustration was only vented on the training ground and he remained a model professional, respectful of Pep Guardiola and other talents in his position. Sterling’s character, from both Tuchel’s and Boehly’s perspective, is a big selling point.

Lukaku’s very public departure to Inter has caused acrimony and has been quite aggressively engineered by the Belgian striker since January. The relationship between Tuchel and Lukaku has clearly deteriorated, and even though the Belgian striker is contracted to Chelsea until 2026, it would take something unexpected for him to play a game for the club again.& #13;


After this protracted saga, the bond between Tuchel and Sterling is going to be key, and Chelsea’s German manager has already been impressed – even in the few interviews he’s had so far – with the focus, intelligence and Sterling’s desire to improve.

Boehly, meanwhile, although empowered by Tuchel’s goals, has an overarching strategy under the new American-led consortium to create a stronger people culture at Chelsea, both football-wise and beyond. Sterling’s arrival will help build chemistry and leadership in the locker room. The agreement is an underestimated quality, but to which Tuchel and Boehly attach great importance.


What other Chelsea striker could he sign?13;


Chelsea have always wanted two strikers in this window. Sterling was the top priority, but the club are still actively looking for another creative player.


It’s unlikely Cristiano Ronaldo will join Sterling at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel currently doesn’t think a move for the 37-year-old makes football sense, despite some interest from the American-led ownership group. Although he might be persuaded, Manchester United maintain Ronaldo is not for saleespecially not to a Premier League rival. The real test of this position will be if or when Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes receives a concrete offer. Nothing has been submitted by Chelsea to date, despite reports of a $20 million offer in the works.


Boehly and Mendes met in June and discussed Ronaldo’s future. And Boehly, as well as Clearlake Capital co-founder Behdad Eghbali, who sits on Chelsea’s board, was certainly intrigued by the pursuit of the opportunity. But it is Tuchel who will have the last word, and sources tell CBS that it will take a lot of persuasion for him to change his mind… 13;


Tuchel is currently more interested in Robert Lewandowski even though Barcelona remains a more likely destination. Lewandowski has said he wants to move to Camp Nou and FC Barcelona are expected to make an improved offer of $50m in the coming days. But Chelsea are monitoring the situation because Lewandowski would be open to a transfer to the Premier League if Bayern and FC Barcelona cannot agree on the amount of the transaction;


Serge Gnabry is also in the crosshairs. Although he only has one year left on his contract at Bayern, a renewal is also very possible. Talks are not yet advanced but Chelsea are undeterred by the ex-Bayern player’s suggestions. Arsenal The winger won’t join the club due to his loyalty to his former club. Gnabry is more in the category Leeds United winger Raphinha Chelsea managed to make a bid for the Brazilian, but saw him join FC Barcelona.


Tuchel is also an admirer of Milan’s Rafael Leão. Getting the Milan winger would be a real coup. The Serie A champions don’t want to sell and could demand upwards of $100m. Ziyech’s strong desire to join Milan could be used as a leverage and lower the monetary value, but it’s still a big request to complete the transfer with Milan fully intent on renewing his contract&13;


Re-signing of Eden Hazard or skip to Dominic Calvert-Lewin was not considered. But Chelsea could still join Manchester United in the race for Ajax winger Anthony.

With a variety of targets under consideration, and no second striker imminent, the focus will be on setting up Sterling, starting with the preseason in America. Many Manchester City fans will be sad to see him join Chelsea, but perhaps one or two of them are guilty of not appreciating him&13;


Sterling doesn’t quite fit into the same category of legend as players like Sergio Aguero or Kevin De Bruyne – but his tally of goals and assists, especially under Guardiola at Manchester City, is actually higher&13;


A successful Sterling, playing regularly, is a force to be reckoned with and that’s exactly what Chelsea need as they try to close the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool. At the end of the season, Manchester City may well regret letting him go.

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