Chelsea can do without Raheem Sterling's negative influence and should sell

If you want an example of an elite footballer shunning the obligatory team mentality, look no further than former England international Raheem Sterling

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Raheem Sterling should be a positive influence on young stars and starlets at Chelsea, but instead he can cause derision. Along with engineering issues with colleagues, whilst occasionally alienating the Blues fan base. This negative impact, in spite of a slight improvement in performance overall, is the main reason why the west Londoners should name their price for the ex-Liverpool and Manchester City forward this summer. I'll explain why I arrived at that conclusion.

Although I could never be counted as a Sterling fan over the years, I considered him a fairly astute acquisition at the time of signing for Chelsea. Let's be honest, there were some real recruitment failures that have stood out of late. Cole Palmer and Malo Gusto being the main exceptions to the scattergun misfiring.

But Sterling hasn't really lived up to his slightly overemphasised billing. In spite of the weighty expectations at Stamford Bridge for athletes of his stature in an underperforming side, he hasn't been outstanding. That type of immediate and notable effect was expected from the former Man City man. Nevertheless, there have been glimpses of unstoppable dribbling now and again, though not enough.