TalkSport pundit Simon Jordan thinks that Raheem Sterling could be forced to look for a move elsewhere following Jack Grealish’s arrival at the club.
Pep Guardiola’s side completed the move for Grealish in a deal worth a reported £100m this past summer and has gone on to start all of their games in the Premier League and Champions League so far this season.
His inclusion means that Sterling has had to take a step back onto the City bench, only starting three games in the Premier League and Champions League combined this season.
Speaking during a Q&A on TalkSport’s YouTube channel about whether or not Grealish was worth the £100m that City paid for him, Jordan turned the issue to the impact his arrival has had on Sterling, suggesting that it could ultimately lead to the end of his City career:
“I think the casualty of him at Man City is Raheem Sterling. And I think that brings a set of conundrums for Sterling, because if he’s not going to displace Jack Grealish and he can’t play down the middle, then he may have to consider his future.”
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Sterling’s place in the side was already under threat at times last season, with Guardiola forced to defend his exclusion from the team, but the inclusion of Grealish certainly hasn’t made things any better for him.
But whilst Jordan might think that the 26-year-old might have to leave, the fact is that for as long as Manchester City continue to challenge for silverware and go deep in competitions – as they did last season in reaching both the Carabao Cup and Champions League finals as well as the FA Cup semi-final – there will be plenty of chances for Sterling to play and start across the course of the year.
So it’s not as if he has been totally frozen out, and with injuries and suspensions always possible, there could be an opportunity to get a run of games before the season is out. Therefore, it might be a little too early to write him off just yet.