Raheem Sterling is worth EVERY penny of the £49m Manchester City paid for him

first_imgRaheem Sterling is enjoying himself again, which is a terrifying prospect for the rest of the Premier League.After an arduous transfer wrangle that threatened to get seriously messy by the time it reached its conclusion in mid-July, the 20-year-old appears to have found his feet again.The £49m fee Manchester City parted with for his services is eye-watering no doubt, but the opening few weeks of the new Premier League season have highlighted just why Sterling was valued so astronomically.Liverpool fans fell guilty of casting the England international as the pantomime villain, particularly after he issued a statement to confirm he wasn’t the money grabbing youngster being depicted.But, while a plethora of ex-professionals slammed Sterling’s decision to pursue an Anfield exit, the more revisionist Reds supporter will understand the loss their side has suffered.Jack Lusby, per This Is Anfield and Bleacher Report, said back in July: “Liverpool have lost a supremely talented, high-potential young player, but now they must move on without him.“In 2013/14, he joined Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in spearheading the Reds’ unexpected title charge, particularly shining during the forward pair’s drop in form in March; in 2014/15 he excelled as [Brendan] Rodgers’ Jack-of-all-trades, in wide-attacking roles, reserved-defensive roles and in a stint as a centre-forward over the turn of the year.”The SASAS triumvirate that took Liverpool so close to the title two years ago was frightening but that verve and vigour evaporated quickly in a hugely underwhelming campaign last term.Sterling’s arrival at City has created a new attacking trio for Premier League neutrals to sink their teeth into. With David Silva and Sergio Aguero terrorising opposition defences, Sterling now has team-mates to rival the unprecedented levels set by Suarez and Sturridge. Add Kevin De Bruyne to that frontline and it’s an ominous prospect. 2 2 Raheem Sterling City’s valuation of Sterling is unfathomable but, at 20, it’s an investment. The £49m works out at roughly £5m every season for the next ten years – a decade in which the forward will hope to fulfil the world class potential he currently possesses. With City set to compete on a number of fronts over the coming years, Sterling will play an integral part in their bid to harbour silverware.In summer 2012, Manchester United paid Arsenal £22m for a then 29-year-old Robin van Persie. The Dutchman was at the peak of his powers at the time and was the catalyst as United romped to the title in the subsequent season.Van Persie’s injury record hampered the rest of his United career, but the inflated transfer fee the Red Devils paid for a player with no resale value was completely justified by the magnitude of his instant impact.Sterling, similarly, has already shown signs of what he can bring to a rejuvenated City side. Extreme pace is a rare commodity but ultimately it can be the most frightening character trait of an opposition player. Sterling creates fear amongst his opponents and, as we saw during Liverpool’s title tilt, he demands more attention. Silva and Aguero are already benefiting from his arrival simply because they have more space to operate within.Aguero, the league’s best striker, and Silva, the top flight’s leading creator, will only get better with Sterling’s presence. Defences will find it near impossible to simultaneously suppress all three, which should mean one thing – goals. The England man might not grab all the headlines, but just his presence has already allowed others to.City’s new blueprint, with Sterling’s introduction a crucial component, means they will probably win the title this season, injuries dependent. They have the best-assembled squad and the 20-year-old, a European Golden Boy award winner in 2014, is emblematic of their new refreshing identity.In a summer of exorbitant transfer fees the Manchester clubs raised more than a few eyebrows. In five to ten years time, however, it is City who will be reaping the rewards from their outlays. £49m is a drop in the ocean for the City owners and given the current transfer market and the way Sterling has already transformed the Premier League leaders’ dynamic, he might just be worth every penny.last_img read more

Ronaldo joins Leeds United… no, not THAT one!

first_imgLeeds United have completed the signing of Ronaldo.The Yorkshire club have confirmed they have added 17-year-old Ronaldo Vieira Nan to their youth ranks – not either of his two famous namesakes.The teenage talent has been on trial at the Championship side and impressed coaching staff enough to earn a two-year scholarship.The Portugal-born youngster came through the i2i Sports Football Agency in York before coming to the attention of Uwe Rosler’s side. 1 Uwe Rosler last_img

Arsenal and Man United could lose out to Real Madrid in race to sign French sensation

first_img Antoine Griezmann 1 Real Madrid are set to reignite their interest in Arsenal and Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann – so they can pair him with compatriot Karim Benzema in attack.The Atletico Madrid star has been on the radar of both Premier League clubs ever since he broke through into the Real Sociedad team five years ago.They were both in the hunt for him before he signed for Atletico in 2014 and were then heavily linked with the forward yet again during the summer.However, according to sources in Spain, Real Madrid are now hoping to tempt the 24-year-old across the Spanish capital – and could move for the Frenchman early as January.It has been reported that Madrid boss Rafa Benitez wants Griezmann and Benzema in his side in the hope that they can recreate their good international form in the white of Madrid.last_img read more

Chelsea goalkeeper joins Standard Liege on trial

first_img Jamal Blackman Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman is on trial at Standard Liege, according to reports in Belgium.The 22-year-old is yet to play for the Blues’ first team, with his only appearance in senior football coming during a loan spell with Middlesbrough in 2014.He is no closer to breaking through at Stamford Bridge with Thibaut Courtois, Asmir Begovic and Marco Amelia all ahead of him in the pecking order.And now Het Laaste Nieuws has reported that Blackman is on trial at Liege with a view to a loan spell, in order for the England Under-19 international to play some regular first-team football. 1last_img

Watch: Ex-Man United man scores twice and PSG produce jaw-dropping team goal in easy win over Angers

first_img Angel di Maria Van der Wiel’s finish after stunning build up: And his second, a stylish chip: 1 If Manchester United fans thought their day couldn’t get any worse after their 1-0 defeat to Southampton, they might want to think again.Not only did United loanee James Wilson score for Brighton in the Championship, but former Red Devil Angel di Maria proved life is better away from Old Trafford with an eye-catching brace for PSG.The French champions stretched their lead at the top of Ligue 1 with a 5-1 rout of the season’s surprise package Angers.Di Maria’s double was added to by Lucas Moura, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gregory van der Wiel, who supplied the finishing touch to an utterly breathtaking team move.Below is Di Maria’s brilliant first goal:last_img

‘If Messi knocks on my door tonight I will not send him back!’ Wenger on deadline day

first_img1 Lionel Messi Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will not be making any last-gasp signings – unless Lionel Messi comes knocking!The Gunners have already added midfielder Mohamed Elneny to their ranks this month and Wenger is happy with the strength of his squad.Speaking ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline, the Frenchman said: “Deadline day will be quiet for us because we are one of the few (clubs) to have done our business.“I am 99 per cent certain we will not make a big signing, but if Lionel Messi knocks on my door tonight I will not send him back to Barcelona.”While there are unlikely to be any incomings at the Emirates Stadium, there could be some outgoings.Mathieu Debuchy is wanted by Aston Villa on loan, while Serge Gnabry is a target for Charlton and another Championship side.“Debuchy leaving is still a possibility, but it would have to be a loan deal now,” said Wenger. “It is possible he could stay in the Premier League.“Gnabry has two Championship clubs interested, but we still need to finalise that decision. It is important for him to be playing football now, as Francis Coquelin did the he went to Charlton, and we would want a recall option too if we can.”last_img read more

I don’t want to remember! Angel Di Maria on ‘sad’ Manchester United experiences

first_img Angel di Maria in action for Paris Saint-Germain 1 Angel Di Maria does not want to be reminded of his “sad experience” at Manchester United as he looks to drive Paris St Germain on to domestic and European success.The 27-year-old arrived at Old Trafford in a much-heralded £59.7m switch from Real Madrid in August 2014, but left for France last summer after 32 appearances in his one season.And Di Maria has no regrets about his £44m switch to join Laurent Blanc’s squad, who are the runaway leaders of Ligue 1 and face Chelsea for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.“Manchester United was a sad experience. Things didn’t go as I had hoped. I was disappointed and it didn’t help me to rise to the surface,” Di Maria told L’Equipe.“Honestly, I don’t even remember any more what happened and I don’t want to remember. I am happy to be here and that’s the most important thing.”Di Maria is confident he can continue to impress for PSG, having scored eight goals in Ligue 1 and created many more alongside Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and fellow South Amercians Lucas Moura and Edinson Cavani.“Every day here I feel better and better integrated into the team, the club and the city and that’s reflected in my performances,” he said.“I know that the two matches to come against Chelsea will determine a lot of things. Everyone sees us as the favourites. We don’t see it that way. It is Chelsea – they have a quality squad and players that every club in Europe would want to have.”last_img read more

Brazil awarded ’14 World Cup

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Brazil was the only candidate for the 2014 World Cup because the rotation system meant it had to be played in South America. Colombia had said it would bid, but pulled out in April. “If you think the task of FIFA was made easier because Brazil was the only candidate, it’s not true,” FIFA president Sepp Blatter said. “For us it was a real challenge to have the same list of requirements, the same recommendations and conditions for only one candidate, than we had two. Perhaps we put the bar higher than if there had been two.” After announcing Brazil as the 2014 host, Blatter handed the World Cup trophy to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who flew in for the event. “Soccer is not only a sport for us. It’s more than that,” Silva said. “Soccer for us is a passion, a national passion.” He added: “If everything works out well, we will win once again a World Cup.” From news services The country with the most World Cup titles will finally get another chance to win one at home. Brazil, which has won a record five World Cups, was awarded the right to host 2014 tournament Tuesday by FIFA’s executive committee in Zurich, Switzerland. The South American country hosted the competition once before, losing to Uruguay in the 1950 final. The unanimous vote came on the same day the 2011 Women’s World Cup was awarded to Germany. Germany, the host of the 2006 men’s World Cup, beat out Canada. In Brazil, 50 mountain climbers hung an enormous national team jersey bearing the slogan “The 2014 World Cup is Ours” from majestic Sugar Loaf mountain in Rio de Janeiro. At the Maracana Stadium, workers spread jerseys across the field reading, “The new Maracana is ours and so is the 2014 World Cup.” Tommy Robredo and Tommy Haas were taken to three sets before winning second-round matches at the Paris Masters and keeping alive their hopes of qualifying for the Masters Cup. Spain’s Robredo saved four break points in the third set before beating France’s Gilles Simon, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, and Germany’s Haas beat Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3. The last two open spots in the eight-man Masters Cup will be filled this week in Paris, and the chances for eighth-place Haas and ninth-place Robredo improved when seventh-place Fernando Gonzalez of Chile lost. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Roddick and David Ferrer have qualified for the Shanghai event, which starts Nov. 11. ETC.: Andy Murray slightly hurt his back in a car crash while heading to his Paris hotel. The 12th-ranked Murray was with coach Brad Gilbert on Monday in heavy traffic when another car went into the back of their car. Murray said his back pain was nothing serious. … Hall of Famer Pete Sampras will play an exhibition match against a current ATP Tour player as part of the SAP Open in February. Sampras (Palos Verdes High), who retired after winning his record 14th major singles title at the 2002 U.S. Open, will play Feb. 18. Tennis College basketball Assistant coach Rob Senderoff resigned amid a telephone recruiting scandal that already has cost Indiana one basketball scholarship and Coach Kelvin Sampson a $500,000 pay raise. The NCAA is still conducting its own investigation, which could lead to further sanctions. The report, which does not accuse Sampson of any direct NCAA violations, details more than 100 impermissible recruiting calls, most of them by Senderoff. At least 10 of them were three-way calls that Sampson had been patched into, and another eight included incoming calls that couldn’t be identified. ETC.: Tennessee sophomore Wayne Chism was hospitalized after being knocked unconscious when a teammate struck him in the head with an elbow during basketball practice. Preliminary tests came back negative but more were being conducted, spokesman Craig Pinkerton said. The center, one of four returning Volunteers starters, was expected to be held overnight for observation. McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa met with an Italian prosecutor investigating the Ferrari spy scandal. De La Rosa spoke to Modena, Italy prosecutor Giuseppe Tibis about the alleged e-mails containing secret engineering details that the McLaren drivers could access, according to the ANSA news agency. McLaren driver Fernando Alonso met with prosecutors Oct. 9. Neither driver is under criminal investigation, but they are considered to have knowledge of the facts in the case. Bantamweight Gary Russell Jr. and featherweight Raynell Williams qualified for the Olympics with convincing victories and built on the U.S. team’s momentum at the World Boxing Championships in Chicago. Russell Jr. outpointed fellow 2005 world bronze medalist Ali Hallab of France, 22-14, in the round of 16, while Williams was leading, 23-3, when his bout with Armenia’s Azat Hovhannisyan was stopped in the third round. ETC.: Cuban defectors and 2004 Olympic gold medalists Yuriorkis Gamboa and Yan Barthelemy won their first professional fights in the United States. Gamboa scored a sixth-round technical knockout over Brazil’s Adailton De Jesus at the Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Fla. an hour after Barthelemy won a unanimous decision over Kevin Hudgins on the same card. A regional board governing high school sports has banned football at a Stockton school that violated an order to bench three players from American Samoa because of recruiting violations. The unanimous decision by the board of the CIF Sac- Joaquin Section shuts down the football program at Franklin High for the rest of this season and the next two. The CIF will consider implementing a plan that would allow eligible football players from Franklin to play at three other schools in the Stockton Unified School District in 2008 and 2009, officials said. Nearly every main demographic group of top college athletes exceeds the graduation rate for its student-body counterparts. According to federal graduation rates released by the NCAA, 63 percent of Division I athletes who started college as freshmen in 2000 graduated in six years. That beats the graduation rate for all students at Division I schools by 1 percent and equaled last year’s percentage. White athletes had a 67 percent graduation rate, compared to 64 percent for white students overall. Black athletes also outperformed their student-body counterparts, 53 percent to 46 percent. A former Duquesne student pleaded guilty in Pittsburgh to helping two friends armed with guns get into a school dance the night five basketball players were shot and wounded. Brittany Jones, 20, was sentenced to two years of probation. A judge also ordered Jones to stay off the university’s campus and away from anyone with a gun. ETC.: University of Montana assistant men’s basketball coach Brian Marso has pleaded not guilty in Missoula, Mont. to a weekend drunken driving charge. Motorsports Boxing Prep football Miscellany Jurisprudence Deaths Sam Dana, who was the oldest living former NFL player and once played football alongside Lou Gehrig at Columbia, died in his sleep late Monday night in Buffalo, N.Y. He was 104. Dana had been living with his son, Bob Dana, in Buffalo before spending his final two years at McAuley Residence, an assisted living seniors center where he would regularly watch his beloved Buffalo Bills on television. He died because of complications from an infection. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

9 bungalows sold at `e’-auction

first_imgPASADENA – All nine historic Vista del Arroyo bungalows were sold Sunday after going under the virtual hammer in an electronic auction, developer Andy Sands said. “We sold out, and people were thrilled” by the system, Sands said Monday. “It was very civilized, relative to your typical vocal auction.” Computer screens were set up in two different rooms, bidders were treated to food and drinks, a master of ceremonies helped things along and a team from Intelligent Market Systems kept the system running smoothly, he said. “It was a full house,” Sands said. They were built between 1920 and 1938 on Grand Avenue for wealthy out-of-towners as part of the grounds of the Vista Del Arroyo Hotel, now the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. They survived decades of neglect, squatters, arson, graffiti and the elements that left them basically derelict. Over the years, several unsuccessful attempts were made to develop the site on the rim of the Arroyo Seco – including demolishing the bungalows – before partners Sands, of Concert Realty Partners, and Timothy Lefevre of Lefevre Corp. acquired the property in early 2006. “We’re very pleased, the project was well received,” Sands said. “More than 600 people came through. They liked the product, liked that they were a spacious blend of historic units rebuilt with modern amenities, and they liked the community feel, with the gated entry and secure (underground) parking.” Sands said the next phase of the project, Bridgeview Terrace, is ready to go on the market. Prices for the five newly constructed flats and townhouses have not been fixed yet, Sands said, He’s not sure yet if this phase will be sold using the same auction system. “It is expensive to market, the advertising, the setup of the event and all,” Sands said. “But just because it’s expensive, that’s not a reason not to do it again.” Sunday’s auction went “without a single hiccup” he said. “We’re very pleased. It was a little stressful since we didn’t know what would happen – it’s behind us and the results were outstanding.” janette.williams@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Using technology devised by Caltech economics professor Charles Plott, bidders could monitor the auction, simultaneously put in offers on any house and switch to another if they were outbid. Potential buyers came to two earlier tutorial sessions on the bidding system, Sands said, and although most customers were on-site Sunday, some bought their houses online. The top price was for the two-story Myron Hunt house at 11 S. Grand Ave., which went for $1,360,000. The two-bedroom, two-bath house – complete with library and butler’s pantry – was listed with a minimum bid of $1,260,000 and had an asking price of $1,950,000. Some houses on the three-acre development sold at the minimum bids, Sands said, and others went for up to 20 percent over. Prices started at $790,000. A mix of free-standing and attached houses in a courtyard setting, the bungalows were listed on the national Register of Historic Places in 1981. last_img read more

One woman killed, two hurt in LA brawl stemming from love triangle

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “It was totally an intentional act to kill the woman. It was the driver’s way of settling the dispute. It was a horrific act,” said Deputy Police Chief Charlie Beck. Blanche, 22, was four to five months pregnant and had learned only last week that she was expecting a girl, said her stepmother, Diane Williams. “They called me and told me my baby was laying in the streets,” said Williams, who rushed from her home in Las Vegas to Los Angeles after authorities told her of her stepdaughter’s death. She said Blanche had returned from New Orleans about three hours before she was killed. She had gone there to attend her grandfather’s funeral, Williams said. “She was a wonderful, wonderful person, a wonderful child,” Williams said. A pregnant woman who had just returned from her grandfather’s funeral was killed when another woman deliberately rammed her car into a crowd during a street brawl involving about three dozen young women, police said Tuesday. Shontae Treniece Blanche of Los Angeles, was killed and two other women were injured in a confrontation stemming from a love triangle between the car driver and another woman, said Officer Matthew Gares. One of the injured, whose names were not released, was in critical condition but it appears doctors were able to save her badly injured leg, he said. The driver of the car, Unique Bishop, 21, fled after Monday afternoon’s fight but later turned herself in to authorities and was booked for investigation of murder, police said. She was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Police planned to forward the case to prosecutors Wednesday and recommend that Bishop be charged with murder and attempted murder. The fight started about 2:30 p.m. Monday in South Los Angeles. Two women fighting over the same man met at a gas station to settle the dispute, Gares said. “The girls said they were supposed to show up and talk about it, it wasn’t supposed to escalate into this physical, violent situation,” Gares said. At one point, as many as 30 women were involved in an ensuing fight, with some possibly trying to break it up. After the fighting, four women including Blanche and a woman involved in the love triangle dispute with Bishop began walking away. Bishop became “upset” and got behind the wheel of a 1999 Chrysler belonging to someone else and drove it into the group of four, Gares said. One of the victims was pinned against another car and it appears Blanche was dragged by the vehicle, police said. By late afternoon about two dozen family members and friends gathered around a makeshift shrine of balloons, flowers, candles and cards at the site where Blanche was killed. A woman who identified herself as Blanche’s aunt said relatives were shocked she had somehow gotten caught up in the violence. “She was always good, that’s why we don’t understand this. She was good,” said the woman who would only give her first name, Jasmine.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more