‘Raheem Sterling would NOT make my team of the year’ – Dean Saunders makes shock admission

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‘Raheem Sterling would NOT make my team of the year’ – Dean Saunders makes shock admission

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The talkSPORT host would pick fellow Manchester City winger Leroy Sane and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah ahead of the England international

Dean Saunders reluctantly admits he can’t find room for Raheem Sterling in his team of the season.

The former Wales striker believes the 24-year-old has been outperformed by Manchester City team-mate Leroy Sane and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Sterling has been outstanding in recent weeks

Sterling has been outstanding in recent weeks

Sterling’s recent form has seen him emerge as a strong contender for this season’s personal accolades, and talkSPORT host Jason Cundy has even tipped him for the Ballon d’Or.

The England international starred in City’s 7-0 demolition of Schalke on Tuesday night, just three days after his hat-trick against Watford in the Premier League.

And it is with a heavy heart that Saunders omits him from his personal XI.


“He wants to learn, he listens to the manager, and he takes advice on board,” Saunders said.

“If there was criticism in the past, it was that when he got in behind defences and he had to make defences, he got it wrong too many times.

“But now it’s different. His end product has got miles better.

Salah has struggled for form in front of goal

Salah has struggled for form in front of goal

“For me, Sane’s in [my team on the year]. Up front, I’ll lose sleep choosing between Kane and Aguero.

“But on the right, I’d have to pick Salah, I’m sorry.

“Salah, Aguero and Sane – that’s my front three.”

Live on talkSPORT

There are ten live commentaries remaining across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and when you can hear them, below…

  • Bayern Munich vs Liverpool (Wednesday) – talkSPORT
  • Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa (Wednesday) – talkSPORT 2
  • Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2
  • Watford vs Crystal Palace (Saturday) – talkSPORT
  • Leeds vs Sheffield United (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2
  • West Ham vs Huddersfield (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2
  • Swansea vs Manchester City (Saturday) – talkSPORT
  • Wolves vs Manchester United (Saturday) – talkSPORT
  • Millwall vs Brighton (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2
  • Fulham vs Liverpool (Sunday) – talkSPORT

Manchester City recently climbed above Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title despite a seven-point gap in January.

During that time, Salah’s goals have dried up – the Egyptian has struck just once in Liverpool’s last eight games.

Nonetheless, he remains the joint-second highest goalscorer in the Premier League – one behind Aguero on 18.

Published at Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:59:24 +0000

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