There is no denying that Raheem Sterling has grown beyond expectations and it now seems rather appropriate, that former England striker Chris Sutton has addressed the winger as “world-class” and believes Zinedine Zidane should be after the English striker over summer target Eden Hazard.
Sterling has scored 19 goals in the season, three more than Eden Hazard, and has provided five more assists than the Belgian at 16 so far and Sutton is resolute no defender will want to face the 24-year-old in his current form.
“You have to say that Raheem Sterling is now world-class,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.
“If you were Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, surely you would want to buy him over Eden Hazard?
“Is there anything Sterling cannot do? His weight of pass is superb, his movement off the ball is lethal and he has become deadly in front of goal.
“What defender in the world would want to face Sterling in this form? It doesn’t matter if you take him on or back off – either way he will destroy you.
“He is still just 24 and improving year on year. His wonderful performances for England in the last two games have confirmed that he can thrive on the international stage.
“Sterling is one of the hottest properties in world football. If I was Real Madrid, I’d be making him my No. 1 target.”