Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling admits that his form has been poor lately and there’s been a big drop off in his game.
Sterling, 27, hit the ground running at the start of the season following his £47.5million arrival at the Blues from Manchester City.
The versatile attacker quickly established himself as a talisman at the top of the pitch, whether as a false-nine or a winger.
However, the goals have dried up for him, having not scored since mid-September.
Also, he’s had minutes in an unfamiliar wing-back role recently.
Sterling admits poor form
Sterling has given a critical self assessment of his form, suggesting it’s declined from the early weeks of the season when Thomas Tuchel was still in charge at Stamford Bridge.
However, he Chelsea and England star is now trying to get to grips with life under Graham Potter as the Blues head coach.
“I wouldn’t say the main man it’s a collective thing but as I said there were early parts of the season when I was happy with my performances, but so far I’ve been nowhere near the level I need to be,” Sterling told The Kelly & Wrighty Show.
“But I am sure that time will pass, it’s not something I’m panicky or stressed about. We’re in good positions though, we have qualified for the Champions League, and we’re in a decent position in the table, it could be better but there will be better performances from myself in the near future.”
Sterling sets his standards very high, which is why he’s achieved so much in his career to date for club and country.
He’s clearly suggesting a big drop off since working under Potter, so he can’t be too happy being shoved into a wing-back role in some games.
The success in his game comes from scoring goals and coming alive around the box.
Pat Nevin recently explained that Potter is failing to get the best from Sterling since taking charge as manager.
It’s vital this changes soon, though.
The forward seems to love putting on an England shirt and representing his country at international tournaments, so let’s hope he comes back from the winter World Cup with his form back to its best.