Despite failing to replace him since Real Madrid’s 2019 transfer, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino may deliver fans another Eden Hazard, with Raheem Sterling’s early-season form bolstering optimism.
Sterling had a lackluster debut season with Chelsea, scoring only six Premier League goals. However, after being appointed by Pochettino, he scored twice and assisted on another.
In the first three games of the season, he has displayed his usual sharpness, driving at defenders and bursting through tight gaps to put opponents on the back foot.
Pochettino held a one-on-one meeting with Sterling to discuss his shortcomings last season and create the perfect role for him this season. Sterling claimed that playing with his back to goal and taking up different positions hindered momentum.
Pochettino’s talks with Sterling have yielded positive results, with Hazard’s quality potentially bringing him to Stamford Bridge. West London’s senior figures have struggled to recruit such an agile winger, but Pochettino’s development could be game-changing.
Sterling, who left Manchester City last year, is a promising addition for Chelsea, despite a win-draw-loss record in his three games under Pochettino.