‘If he keeps playing like this, he’s not a consideration for the World Cup!’: Former Chelsea star Pat Nevin says Raheem Sterling’s ‘absolutely terrible game’ in Brighton should see him DOWN from Gareth Southgate’s side
- Raheem Sterling struggled to play as a full-back for Chelsea against Brighton
- The former Man City attacker looked awkward and unfamiliar with the role.
- Sterling was hooked after 63 minutes as Graham Potter looked to win the match back.
- Pat Nevin said Sterling’s alarming form means he shouldn’t go to Qatar
- Chelsea were heavily beaten 4–1 when Potter returned to Brighton for the first time
Club legend Pat Nevin has told Raheem Sterling that he is “not a consideration” for England’s World Cup squad due to his poor form for Chelsea.
The England international was used in a full-back role when Graham Potter’s side visited the Amex. He struggled on paper and was substituted in the 63rd minute as the Blues looked for a way to get back into the game.
After the match, former Blues winger Nevin lashed out at the full-back and suggested Sterling’s alarming form could see him dropped from the England squad for Qatar.
Raheem Sterling has struggled to hit his best form since joining Chelsea in the summer.
Former Blues winger Pat Nevin lashed out at Sterling after their disappointing game against Brighton
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live after the game, Nevin said: “I’m looking at Raheem Sterling right now and I’ve said Graham Potter has gotten the best of every player since he’s been there, with one exception.” Rahim Sterling.
“If he keeps playing the way he does now, it’s not even a consideration for the World Cup.” He’s having a really bad time and he’s having an absolutely terrible game today.”
Sterling played in the left-back role for Chelsea, with Christian Pulisic on the other side, but had trouble adjusting to his new position.
The Blues were shattered and found themselves three goals down in the first half. Sterling was replaced in the 63rd minute with his team chasing the game.
Sterling played in a left back role for Chelsea, who lost 4–1 to Brighton.
Nevin suggested attacking Sterling should be dropped by England given his current form.
Despite Sterling’s shaky performance, and a humiliating 4-1 loss, Chelsea boss Potter. he refused to throw any of his players ‘under the bus’.
The Blues boss said: ‘It’s the Premier League so everywhere it’s tough. Brighton are a good team, I know that and with the crowd and the atmosphere they created, they put you under pressure.
“We made a couple of unforced errors to start it all off, but that can happen.
“I am not going to throw the players under the bus because they have been brilliant for us, they have given everything for me.”
Graham Potter returned to Brighton for the first time on Saturday in Chelsea’s 4-1 defeat
Sterling hasn’t made the expected impact after his £47.5m from Manchester City earlier this summer.
All three of Sterling’s Premier League goals this season came in August and he has struggled to get back on the scoreboard ever since.
He managed to score a Champions League goal as the Blues drew in their first meeting with RB Salzburg last month.
Sterling’s only goal since August was against RB Salzburg in the Champions League