HARRY KANE, in the view of England boss Gareth Southgate, is the world’s best striker.
But even the Three Lions skipper is being outdone by Raheem Shaquille Sterling, who leaves most teams twisted and turned like an eight-corded rope.
Getty – Contributor4 Raheem Sterling has been sensational for Manchester City this season
With his displays so far this season for Manchester City and England, only Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is an attacking match.
This is what Leroy Sane said about his team-mate after we lost 4-0 to them last week: “Raheem is unbelievable.
"This season he has improved a lot. It’s really exciting to play with him.
“He has the hunger to score more goals.”
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AFP or licensors4 Raheem Sterling was on target for the champions against West Ham
PA:Press Association4 Raheem Sterling is reaching the levels of George Best, according to Karren Brady
From a fellow wide forward, thought by many to be competing for a first-team starting place this is an honest and generous compliment.
Sterling had a bad start in life.
His father was murdered when he was two and he became a father himself in his early teens.
He was picked up from QPR and by 17 he was making his debut for Liverpool.
There, he was often perceived as a greedy, precocious brat and one always quick to fall over an opponent’s knee.
Outrage built when Sterling, no doubt advised by his agent, rejected a reputed £100,000-a-week wage at Liverpool.
He’d already committed several of those wild things that kids do, like buying expensive cars, when their pockets bulge with money and the leeches gather round.
Getty – Contributor4 Raheem Strerling scores first of his double against Spain
He stubbornly persisted with his desire to move to City.
And while I am unaware of the full reasons why, I’m sure a player who trains so steadfastly and prides himself on having gifts enjoyed by only the best footballers — super-quick feet, the balance of a tightrope walker and speed — isn’t driven purely by monetary rewards.
As a footballer, he’s reaching towards the level of George Best.
And the comparison shouldn’t embarrass a player who still has untapped potential.