Pep Guardiola insists Raheem Sterling will have a huge say in Manchester City’s season despite England international having gone SIX matches without scoring in all competitions
- Raheem Sterling has scored five goals for Manchester City so far this season
- His current run is the second longest he has had without a goal since 2018
- But Pep Guardiola still expects him to have a major say as City’s season develops
- The England international was City’s top scorer last season with 31 goals
Pep Guardiola has backed Raheem Sterling to rediscover his goalscoring touch for Manchester City.
Sterling has five goals so far this term, although has gone six matches without finding the net in all competitions.
The England international’s form over the past three seasons has been phenomenal, with this current run the second-longest without a goal since 2018.
Pep Guardiola has backed Raheem Sterling to rediscover his goalscoring form for Man City
He has gone six matches for Manchester City without finding the net in all competitions
Guardiola believes the 25-year-old, who finished the club’s top scorer last season, will have a major say in how City’s campaign develops.
‘He doesn’t need to do anything differently,’ Guardiola said. ‘He’s an incredibly important player for us and the season is long.
‘His contribution this season has been huge – it was in the past and will be in the future.’
Sterling was an unused substitute for last weekend’s 5-0 win over Burnley and Guardiola added: ‘He wants to play every game. So does Nathan Ake, Laporte, Cancelo, Eric Garcia, Ferran Torres, Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Gundogan!’
But Guardiola believes Sterling will have a major say in how City’s campaign develops
City will again be without Sergio Aguero, who is not yet ready for a return despite training
City will again be without Sergio Aguero, who is not yet ready for a return despite training with the squad.
Guardiola does have added options after a spate of injuries earlier in the season, with Phil Foden desperate to make the starting XI against Fulham on Saturday. Foden has not started any of their last five league matches. His next league appearance will be his 50th for the club.
‘Fifty is a good milestone, a good compliment,’ Guardiola said. ‘We’re more than delighted to have Phil with us. It’s the message (for young players), if you have the skills and the passion. Football is the only thing in his mind, achieve big things for himself, this team and the national team.
‘He’s like a little boy when he goes on the pitch, to play with his mates. I think he’ll play much more in the future. I hope he can improve but knowing him, it’s going to happen.’
Guardiola also praised Phil Foden who is set to make his 50th appearance for the club
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