Paul Merson doubts Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling would score enough goals if he moved to Chelsea in the summer transfer window, writes the F365.
Reports have emerged over the last week that Sterling is considering his future at Man City and his ‘primary concern is that he continues to play regularly after he lost his place in the team earlier in the season’.
The Daily Telegraph named Sterling as one of seven targets for Chelsea this summer, especially if they sell ‘one or all of [Timo] Werner, [Hakim] Ziyech and [Christian] Pulisic’.
But former Arsenal midfielder Merson isn’t convinced Sterling would suit Thomas Tuchel’s playing style at Stamford Bridge.
“Chelsea need a big summer of signings and they might not get that,” Merson told the Daily Star.
“They need at least a couple of defenders because Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are leaving, and they might not be the only ones leaving either.
“But they are stuck with Romelu Lukaku. They won’t be able to sell him without making a loss, and who could they get to replace him? Top-class centre forwards are scarce.
“They might go for Raheem Sterling but he plays the Manchester City way. I don’t think Raheem Sterling scores 20 goals a season for Chelsea.
“He likes to arrive late in the box at the far post for a tap-in. There’s an art to that. But I don’t see that ball getting whipped across the box like that too often at Chelsea, so where does he get his goals from?”
Merson reckons Chelsea are “no different to Manchester City and Liverpool” but they lack “consistency” with Tuchel still not knowing his best XI.
Merson added: “I still don’t think Thomas Tuchel knows his best line-up if I’m being honest. He has too many options but not enough of his forwards have done the business this season.
“There’s no consistency at Chelsea. That doesn’t help either because you can’t build up an understanding with the players around you.
“That’s Lukaku’s problem as well. Granted, I don’t think he works hard enough. But he hasn’t had the same players around him week in week out either.
“They chop and change. The mentality has to change as well because when they are on it, they are no different to Manchester City and Liverpool.
“They did better against the top six clubs than Liverpool this season. And Liverpool couldn’t beat them in two cup finals.
“But Liverpool put the lesser teams away, and Chelsea lost to 4-1 at home to Brentford. They needed a last-minute goal to beat Watford at Stamford Bridge.
“That tells you the mentality isn’t right – and there isn’t a whole lot the new owners can do about that.”