The former Liverpool winger completed his transfer to last season’s Barclays Premier League runners-up earlier in the summer in a fee that could rise to as much as £49million, which has made him the most expensive English footballer in history.
With such a huge price-tag, much is expected of the England international to deliver every time he steps on the pitch and against the Baggies he couldn’t quite mark the occasion with a goal as he was denied in the first-half from close range, however he did show signs that he will be a useful addition to what is already a star-studded squad at the Etihad Stadium.
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His performance at the Hawthorns brought about a mixed reaction from many on Twitter as you can see by the selection of posts on the social media site:
Sterling is extremely over rated ?????????
— Abbie Hamer (@abbiehamer) August 10, 2015
Sterling mega over rated . He’s got pace and that’s it . #crap
— Steven Scott (@stevescott90) August 10, 2015
I hate Raheem Sterling and all, but he’s gonna be a great player
— Ahmedo (@Lallaninho20) August 10, 2015
Classic Yaya Toure goal today. It amazes me how fast Raheem Sterling has integrated himself within the team.
— Rico Kazim (@EuropesHighest) August 10, 2015
@MCFC Raheem Sterling, he’s top of the league.
— Ian Stapleton (@elasticaboy) August 10, 2015
£49m worth of finishing from Raheem Sterling, there.
— TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) August 10, 2015
— Adam Traynor (@AdamTraynor2) August 10, 2015
Raheem Sterling’s Man City debut by numbers: 86% pass accuracy 2 take-ons 2 shots 1 cross. Quiet night for him. pic.twitter.com/nkiMYRJ3zC
— Premier League (@football_spy) August 10, 2015