With Raheem Sterling’s extended Liverpool contract remaining unsigned, speculation surrounding the teenager’s future continues to rage.
A press-stopping switch to Chelsea is the latest mooted move for the poster boy of the future of English football, with the Blues reportedly readying a £48m bid that’s prompted the bwin layers to go 6/1 about him joining what the Daily Express describes as Jose Mourinho’s ‘dynasty’ at Stamford Bridge.
While leaving Anfield for a move abroad may be a smart move, deserting Liverpool for Chelsea would be the height of foolishness from Sterling.
He needs only to look at the plights of these players to make the switch from Merseyside to the King’s Road to see what a mistake he’d be making.
From the world’s best striker to a player who’d struggle to break into most five-a-side teams, the Spaniard’s devolution in west London is remarkable.
The Blues bashed the British transfer record when they paid £50m for the former Atletico Madrid man after seeing him score 81 goals in 142 appearances for Liverpool.
His Chelsea tally before being loaned out to AC Milan stands at 45 from 172 outings, with a measly 20 mustered in the Premier League.
Despite making 28 league appearances during his first campaign at Chelsea, the Portuguese all-rounder was exiled to Turkey.
In his short Liverpool tenure he scored five goals and assisted as many in just 32 starts, but his ability to repeat this laudable attacking contribution at the Bridge was hampered by the Blues’ insistence on deploying him too deep in the midfield.
A first-team staple under Rafa Benitez at Liverpool, where he played in 134 matches, the Israeli playmaker made just 24 appearances for Chelsea across a three-year stay.
So underappreciated was he that two of these saw him shunted out on loan, one of which to direct competitors Arsenal no less.