Graham Potter has claimed to The Evening Standard that Raheem Sterling can be a viable asset to Chelsea in a number of positions.
The England international is currently enduring a bit of a dry spell in front of goal.
He hasn’t scored since the 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge, Potter’s first game in charge of the club.
This weekend saw him continue his dire record of never scoring against Manchester United, as the Blues made it consecutive Premier League games without a win.
Injuries and tactical experiments have seen Sterling tried out in a number of positions. He has featured in both wing-back roles since Potter took over.
Potter backs Sterling
This brought mixed results, with him impressing at first but quickly looking out of position against Aston Villa last week.
Potter has claimed that despite his lack of goals in recent weeks, the flexibility and ability of the 27-year-old is still enough to help the Blues.
He said: “It’s not something we have to zoom in to one person. As a team, we can do better, and if we do better as a team, then individuals will benefit from that, so that’s where the work is.
“He’s got the flexibility, ability and quality to play in several positions. It’s not straightforward with losing the players we have [to injury].
“So you’re constantly trying to find the right balance, and find the right solutions. But he can help us in a number of positions.”
Sterling will be feeling the pressure of players in his role beginning to stake their claim for a starting role.
Christian Pulisic has impressed particularly off the bench in the last couple of weeks, and is surely pushing for another opportunity since his start and goal against Wolves a few weeks ago.