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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Sterling's also clearly lagging behind quality wingers such as Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Luis Díaz, as well as Arsenal's Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli - just. Neither is the Blues man performing at the level of players of, respectfully, lesser Premier League outfits like Brighton & Hove Albion's Kaoru Mitoma or Newcastle United wideman Anthony Gordon. Among others; Leon Bailey at Aston Villa is another example. Could CFC enhance their wing options by allowing Sterling to leave this summer? I'd say that's obviously the case.

Gordon and other forwards have seemingly and justifiably taken Sterling's England place. The latter was once, of course, rather inexplicably a Three Lions teacher's pet under Gareth Southgate. Barring a solid Euro 2020, in my opinion. This after a strangely overblown but clearly underwhelming World Cup 2018 on a personal level for the then Citizen.

Raheem Sterling potentially affecting Cole Palmer's confidence, impeding development and not being a team player at Chelsea

A recent, significant element of Sterling's contemporary career is the most negative of all: poor sportsmanship possibly affecting CFC's progress, not to mention teammates. We all know that Enzo Fernandez had to intervene when the former tried to steal a penalty from the prolific Palmer, whose continued development is paramount for Chelsea. The 21-year-old wasn't so fortunate against Leicester City because questionable captain Conor Gallagher and his somewhat unassertive deputy Ben Chilwell failed to stop the supposedly experienced and selfless senior star commandeering the ball. A subsequently squandered penalty.