Paul Scholes has been impressed with Sterling’s recent performances.
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Liverpool ace Raheem Sterling has what it takes to become a great player.
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The 19-year-old has arguably become the Reds’ most important player after putting in several sensational performances for the club over the past year.
The attacker is currently at the centre of a club v country debate after he was dropped to the bench for England’s Euro 2016 quailfier against Estonia on Sunday because he told manager Roy Hodgson that he was tired.
Scholes believes that Sterling’s recent busy schedule may have impacted on his energy levels but that doesn’t change the fact that he has amazing potential.
“At 19, I think he is a good player, with the potential to be a great one,” explained Scholes in his Independent column.
“I find it hard to believe that he wants to miss games. He has played 1,105 minutes over 14 games this season, 11 of them starts.
“Yes, he played at the World Cup but that was in June. It might have taken an emotional toll but at 19 years old, it will not be affecting his energy levels.
“Sterling does not seem the type to me to complain. I see him as one of those brave wingers, a tough kid who gets kicked and then picks himself up again. He gets on with it and does not hide on the pitch, a bit like Cristiano Ronaldo once did at Manchester United.”
Sterling has played every game for both the Merseysiders and the Three Lions this season and his club manager Brendan Rodgers has already voiced his concern that the attacker could become burnt out if he plays too much.
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