2018 PFA Young Player of the Year Nominee Raheem Sterling
Full Name: Raheem Shaquille Sterling
Birthdate: December 8, 1994
Place of Birth: Jamaica
Playing years: 2003 to Present
Football Club (Current): Manchester City
Award(s): PFA Young Player of the Year (Shortlist) (2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2017-2018)
Standard Chartered Player of the Month (April 2014)
2014 Golden Boy Award
Premier League Player of the Month (August 2016)
Raheem moved to London at the age of five alongside his mother. His father chose to stay behind in Jamaica but was later murdered outside his home. This violent death and the arduous hardships his family endured would go on to shape Raheem’s childhood. He soon discovered his budding football abilities that eventually became his gateway to success. He attended the Copland Community School in Wembley, North West London and went on to play for his school’s football team.
Notable Skills/Style of Play
– Distinctive running flair
– Adaptability to wide play
– Impressive pace and dribbling skills
– Fleet of foot and crafty tricks
– Likes to cut inside and play short passes
Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool
Raheem’s selection in the Queens Park Rangers Football Club proved to be a turning point in his career. His seven-year stay with the club managed to nab the attention of industry veterans. Sterling then started in Liverpool’s youth team under coach Rafael Benitez. He scored his first goal in the draw with Hibernian and participated in the FA Youth Cup. At the age of 17, he came in as a substitute in duel against Wigan Athletic consequently making him the third youngest player to play for The Reds at the time.
He scored back-to-back goals in matches against the likes of Arsenal, Norwich City, and Tottenham Hotspur and became a contender for the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2014. He also scored a brace in the 1-3 victory of Liverpool over Bournemouth in the League Cup quarter-final and he received the 2014 Golden Boy Award in the same year.
FIFA World Cup
Raheem first made his international debut in the 2011 Under-17 World Cup and represented England. He notched a long-range goal in England’s 2-0 victory against Rwanda. He made it into the country’s 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and started in opening group match against Italy. He was likewise chosen as one of the 23 players for the final tournament of UEFA Euro 2016.
On July 2015, Sterling made his controversial transfer to Manchester City for a reportedly hefty sum of £49 million. This move is marked as one of the most high-priced transfers of all time. He made his first competitive goal for the team in the clash opposite Watford and his first career hat-trick when Bournemouth lost to City at 5-1. Under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage, Sterling appeared regularly for the opening matches of season 2016-2017 and continues to make leaps in his scoring stats. He is in magnificent form this season and is regarded as one of the big reasons for Manchester City’s Premier League triumph.
PFA Young Player of the Year Candidate
The excellent midfielder along with his teammate Leroy Sane tops the list of this year’s PFA Young Player of the Year award. With 21 goals and 9 assists in all competitions, Raheem has been an integral part of his club’s title-winning campaign. The natural winger is being looked by most bookies as their prime candidate to win the award. It would be no great surprise if he will be propelled to a starting position at the World Cup, with his incredible scores.
Will Raheem Sterling finally land the PFA Young Player of the Year award? It is definitely something that will keep us on the edge of our seats. See more of Sterling’s incredible goalscoring feats in Manchester City’s upcoming matches. Bet on his matches and your other favorites while you’re at it. Avail our betting brokerage service here on Eastbridge and get the best prices for your bets.