Ian Wright questions Graham Potter’s ‘confusing’ misuse of Raheem Sterling at Chelsea after playing at full-back… as the England star battles for goals ahead of their Premier League clash with Arsenal.
- Ian Wright questioned Graham Potter’s misuse of Raheem Sterling at Chelsea
- The England winger joined the Blues for £50m from rivals Manchester City
- Sterling has only scored five goals and provided two assists in 16 appearances.
- The former Manchester City star has been used as a full-back with Potter.
Ian Wright has questioned Graham Potter’s ‘confusing’ misuse of striker Raheem Sterling at Chelsea ahead of their Premier League clash with Arsenal.
The England star joined the Blues for £50m from Premier League rivals Manchester City over the summer but has only scored five and assisted two in 16 appearances this season.
Sterling, who became one of Europe’s best attackers under Pep Guardiola at City, has been used in a variety of positions since Potter’s arrival at Stamford Bridge, including as a full-back.
Ian Wright has questioned Graham Potter’s ‘confusing’ misuse of Raheem Sterling at Chelsea
The England star has only scored five goals and provided two assists so far in 16 appearances.
The 27-year-old has scored just one goal in his last 11 games and his form is a concern ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which starts in a matter of weeks.
Potter has rotated the squad regularly since joining Chelsea from Brighton & Hove Albion, but his selection choice is starting to face criticism as he continued to play players including Sterling out of position.
“It’s one of the confusing things that Graham Potter is doing right now,” Wright said in The Kelly and Wrighty Show. ‘I can not understand it.
Former Arsenal striker Wright insists there is no way Sterling could be happy playing that role.
‘When I did the analysis of [Chelsea’s defeat to Brighton]the entire back area, Brighton just tore them to shreds because you have [Christian] Pulisic and Sterling, who are supposed to come and try to help [Trevoh] Jalobah and [Marc] Cucurella. It wasn’t happening and she couldn’t understand it.
‘There’s no way he [Sterling] he can be happy playing that role, especially when you look at what he’s done at City, and the team he was playing for, everything was really focused on offense for him.
It must be really strange and difficult for him to go to a new club and have to play in a position like that. I hope they can fix that soon for him.
Sterling has scored just one goal in his last 11 games and his form is a concern ahead of Qatar.
Sterling, however, has no problem with his new wing-back role despite claiming he is best when he plays ‘next to the box’.
“It’s like anything, you come to a new team, different things are going to be asked of you,” he told Kelly Cates and Ian Wright.
‘It’s a completely different way. I haven’t played in a back five for a while, but it’s something the coach asked me to do and it’s something I’m more than happy to do.
‘When we have the ball I am tall and wide but of course you have to defend. But the more I am by the side of the box, the better I am for myself.
“But the more time I have to figure it out in this position, I’m more than happy to play it.”
The 27-year-old has no problems with his new role, but insists he is better off “box side”.
Sterling then went on to say what his best position was, while insisting that new manager Graham Potter was ‘dropped in the middle of a storm’ after the sacking of Thomas Tuchel.
“I feel like my best position is a winger, that’s for sure,” the 27-year-old said.
“But the coach has his way of playing and he hasn’t had a full pre-season with us, he fell in the middle of a storm, really.
He has grabbed it with both hands and is trying to find the best staff for the positions. I keep saying that in time everything will be fine. ‘
Chelsea host London rival Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (12pm) and Sterling hopes to play in a more familiar position for the clash.