Raheem Sterling Is Now The Premier League's Leading Playmaker
Raheem Sterling has again proved why he is valued so highly by Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.
That's because after today's game against Bournemouth - a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium - no player has scored more goals (8) or made more assists (6) in the top flight this season than Sterling. He leads the way for goal involvements, ahead of his City team-mate Sergio Aguero (11) and Chelsea's Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard.
Sterling recently signed a contract extension at City - ending rumours of potential interest from the likes of Real Madrid. The size of his new deal was criticised in some quarters but with stats like that it's clear to see why he is regarded so highly by Guardiola's coaching staff and the City faithful
City did not have it all their own way against the Cherries but goals from Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan secured all three points for Guardiola's men. Bernado Silva had given City an early lead but Bournemouth equalised through Callum Wilson.
There was some concern from the home fans before the game when the teamsheet didn't include talismanic frontman Sergio Aguero. But with City facing such a demanding schedule in the run-up to Christmas, Guardiola can be forgiven for rotating his squad.
It's a win which puts them five clear at the top of the Premier League though Liverpool can claw that back if they beat Everton on Sunday.
The win maintains City's 100 per cent home league record with eight wins from eight.