Has Raheem Sterling met expectations at Manchester City?
With an hour gone of the Capital One Cup final on Sunday and his team leading 1-0 over his former club, Raheem Sterling had a gilt-edged chance to score. Played in by David Silva eight yards out and central to the goal, hitting the target was easier than not. With the ball slightly behind him, he attempted a controlled finish yet contrived to toe it wide. An hour or so later, it counted for little as the penalty shootout won by Manchester City over Liverpool secured his first piece of team silverware in senior football. In that earlier moment we saw an encapsulation of Sterling's career thus far; the potential is clear and impressive, but the execution isn't quite there yet.
With more than 150 senior club appearances and 20 international caps for England, Sterling has played a lot of football for a 21-year-old. At age 19 he played a significant role in Liverpool's 2013-14 run at the title with nine goals in 33 games. The following summer he secured a starting role behind the striker in England's initial World Cup fixtures and during the summer of 2015 he became the most expensive British footballer in history with his £49 million move from Liverpool to Manchester City.
By any measure this is a stellar rise, but how has he fared in his first season with Man City? Further, is he improving and what lies ahead? Here's a stats-driven look at Sterling's changing role over the past year and overall impact with his new club....