In his very first Chelsea game Raheem Sterling showcased the breadth of qualities he possesses and his ability to play in different positions, and he has been speaking more about that at Cobham today.
Sterling answered questions from the media after training ahead of his Stamford Bridge bow this weekend, a big London derby to welcome our new Londoner.
On debut at Goodison Park, Sterling was the standout player in Chelsea's front three, regularly deployed through the middle but also willing to drift out wide and cause havoc nearer the flanks. It was exactly the sort of display Thomas Tuchel would have had in mind when he spoke to Sterling, before he signed, about what he can offer his Chelsea team.
‘What he said to me was about my directness, always threatening in behind, not always wanting it into feet, and most importantly how I attack the box,’ revealed Sterling.
‘With the full-backs we have here it is something he wants to see a lot more of.
‘My position is mainly as a winger, but sometimes I enjoy floating about and getting on the ball,’ Raheem continued.
‘I always judge myself on how effective I am on the game. It depends where I am going to be most effective. In the last game against Everton I played in the false nine position, and I’ll be most happy where I can be effective and help my team.’
Sterling will be hoping to make it two wins from two in Chelsea blue when Tottenham come to town this weekend, a fixture he believes could stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.
The 27-year-old moved to London from Jamaica as a very young child and grew up in the north-west of the city, not far at all from Wembley Stadium. He was in QPR’s academy before joining Liverpool aged 15, so this is his first opportunity to play his pro club football in the capital.
‘It feels like I’m coming home, of course,’ he acknowledged.
‘It’s a been a long time I’ve been away, since I was 15, and people have been saying certain motorways and I don’t have a scooby doo where they’re telling me to go! I’m happy to learn it as I go along. I don’t know much about my way around London, but it is home to me.’