Written for Pure Fitbaw by Paul McGarraghy (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Over The Bar - An Independent Football Fansite) When Manchester City signed Patrick Roberts from Fulham on 19 July 2015, many fans of the English Championship side expected him to spend some time bedding in at his new club. However, nobody could really be sure if he’d get the opportunity to fulfil his potential at a club where playing time would be limited, given the star names in the first team squad. City paid the Cottagers a fee of approximately £12 million for Roberts, who was just 18 at the time, and a fee like that for a prospective talent usually indicates the high regards in which the buying club holds the player. However, as could be expected, playing time was restricted, despite Roberts impressing during pre-season and back –to-back loans at Celtic would follow.
Raheem Sterling has been booed by pubs full of his own fans, voted by the public as England's poorest player against Panama despite setting up two of the goals and has faced racist attacks on his character from the English tabloid media throughout the 2018 World Cup. He's missed some chances in the World Cup and there is a perception that he is a poor player or at the very least a poor finisher. The difference in England's system and Sterling's role within it certainly helps us understand why he is not scoring for them as much as he has done for Manchester City. It is worth also then thinking about why he has scored so much for Manchester City. Let's start by considering Benjamin Mendy's knee.