Following yet another match-winning performance for Manchester City versus Southampton last night, a number of incredible statistics regarding the growth of Raheem Sterling have come to the fore.
City welcomed Southampton to the Etihad for a Premier League clash yesterday evening, with many expecting the hosts to simply sweep aside the Saints with typical brilliance.
However, the matchup turned out to be far from a straightforward one for Guardiola’s men, with Oriol Romeu’s equaliser 15 minutes from time having thrown a spanner in the works for the Premier League table-toppers, following Kevin De Bruyne’s opener in the 47th-minute.
But, just when it looked as though City were set to drop their first points since the 2nd day of the season, man of the moment Raheem Sterling popped up with the decisive goal for the second game running, this time a full 6 minutes into injury-time.
In finding the net once again, Sterling added to his hugely impressive goal tally to start out the campaign.
The English winger has often been criticised for his lack of finished product in the past, but the 22-year-old has seemingly put this trait firmly behind him this season, under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola.
Last night’s goal marked his 13th of the season, with his previous best tally for an entire campaign having stood at 11, while it also incredibly stood as the 5th match-winner he has netted in the last 10 minutes of City’s fixtures this season.
EA Sports have compiled some fascinating information on some of the statistics surrounding Sterling’s coming of age to this point in the season, accurately showcasing just how much more clinical the City winger has been compared to the same point last year:
Data courtesy of EA SPORTS
Not only has Sterling’s goals to shots ratio improved monumentally when compared to last season, but his actually currently stands as the best ratio of any player in the Citizens’ free-scoring squad, including clinical hitmen Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus:
Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League.