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Man City star beats out Ødegaard and more to clinch Premier League award

Man City star beats out Ødegaard and more to clinch Premier League award

Sterling bags Player of the Month for December

Manchester City is running away with the Premier League to little surprise as Pep Guardiola’s outfit has pulled ahead to a 10-point lead over Chelsea on the back of an eleven-match-winning run, and much of their recent form can be attributed to England international Raheem Sterling.

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Sterling has been in scintillating form since coming back into prominence halfway through November, and his five goals and one assist in five Premier League outings during December were justly rewarded courtesy of the Player of the Month award ahead of the likes of Arsenal’s Martin Ødegaard.

The England winger directly contributed on the scoresheet for Guardiola’s City in all five of his appearances during the hectic month, which included a brace in the 6-3 shootout against Leicester City at the Etihad on Boxing Day. Goals against Newcastle, Wolves, and Watford rounded out the end of the year.

Redemption arc at Manchester City

It was not long ago that rumors were rife regarding Raheem Sterling leaving Manchester City to test himself abroad amid interest from Spanish giants Barcelona.

But while Sterling may very well indeed wish to play abroad at some point in what has been a stellar career in the Premier League, ESPN has assured that the jury is still out regarding what the future holds for his next contract. That keeps the door open just enough should Sterling opt for an extension at City.

Man City star beats out Ødegaard and more to clinch Premier League award

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on March 2, 2021 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

The sale of Spanish starlet Ferran Torres to Barcelona certainly goes a long way in providing a continuous pathway to minutes for Sterling at City for this season at the very least.

Of course, there is no telling what the Sky Blues will do in the summer, especially after the club have been linked with a potential move for Erling Haaland, but for the time being, if 2021-22 is to be Raheem Sterling’s swansong at the Etihad Stadium, he is certainly on course to endear himself to the blue half of Manchester for years to come.


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6