Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino may be about to give fans another Eden Hazard. The Blues have struggled to replace the Belgian since his move to Real Madrid in 2019, but Raheem Sterling’s electric early-season form has given supporters cause for optimism.
Sterling was broadly underwhelming in his debut Chelsea campaign. Troubled spells under Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter and Frank Lampard saw the England international winger notch only six Premier League goals – his lowest total since 2012/13.
Pochettino’s appointment seems to have brought Sterling back to life. The 28-year-old scored twice and assisted another in a 3-0 win over Luton Town on Friday night.
He has looked as sharp as ever over the first three matches of the campaign, driving at defenders and bursting through tight gaps to put opponents on the back foot.
According to The Times, Pochettino held an important one-on-one meeting with Sterling as a matter of priority when he arrived at Stamford Bridge. The Argentine asked the winger what went wrong last season so that he could manufacture the perfect role for him this term.
Sterling is believed to have told Pochettino that playing with his back to goal, as he did far too often last season, did not work in his favour. The former Manchester City man also claimed that taking up a variety of different positions made it nigh on impossible to build momentum.