England and Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire has revealed that he picked Manchester City star Raheem Sterling for this year’s ‘Premier League Player of the Year’ award.
The pair are currently training with England following their 5-0 triumph over the Czech Republic on Friday ahead of Monday night’s clash with Montenegro in the Euro 2020 Group A qualifiers.
Sterling season from Raheem: Five things you need to know…
- This season, Sterling has made 27 Premier League appearances as City attempt to retain the title.
- He has been directly involved in 26 goals in that time (15 goals, 11 assists), averaging a direct goal involvement almost every game.
- Only five players have scored more than Sterling, while only two players have provided more assists.
- Sterling’s form has continued as the season draws to a climax, contributing directly to a goal 11 times in the last 11 matches.
- In all competitions this season, Sterling has contributed 19 goals and 16 assists in 40 games for Manchester City.
The England international – who scored a hat-trick for the Three Lions in their impressive victory against the Czech Republic – has been in fantastic form for both club and country this season.
England defender Maguire has spoken about his international teammate, stating that he has voted for the former Liverpool man as his choice for the prestigious Player of the Season award.
“I went for Raheem Sterling,” Maguire told the Guardian when asked about his vote.
“He’s been the best player in the Premier League. He’s scoring goals, creating goals and believe me he’s a nightmare to play against.
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Raheem Sterling is in at No.8.
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“I think the poll should take place later, at this stage you don’t know who is going to win the title, but I don’t think I would be changing my mind.
“Raheem was good last year and this season he has taken his game to another level.
“It’s exciting to have someone that good playing for England, we should cherish him, though we’ve got a few really fast, sharp young players in this squad now, and the thing about Gareth [Southgate] is that he gives them opportunities.”
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The title race is on
Sterling’s form could be key for City as they battle with his former club Liverpool to win the Premier League title this season.
The Reds are currently top of the league – clear of City by two points – but City have a game in hand on their rivals and know that if they win all eight of their remaining games they will be crowned champions for the second season in a row.
City have won six games in a row as they ensure they keep the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are looking to win their first top-flight title since 1990.
Although the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Leroy Sane have been performing to outstanding standards this season, it seems Sterling is turning into a key man for both club and country.
If he carries this rich vein of form on, City will surely be confident they can last the course and pip Liverpool to the title.