I've always avoided sterling because I'm someone who loves a player with high (or relatively high) finishing stats. When this card came out though, knowing it was going to upgrade to 89, I had to buy him. I haven't regretted it.
PACE: Obviously, he's lightening quick but this is made all the more powerful by his...
DRIBBLING: which is insane. Sometimes, it's actually better to hold back on the sprint and simply walk around players.
SHOOTING: I was hugely surprised by this. I really wasn't expecting him to be that great and, to be fair, on his weak foot he isn't. However, cutting in from that left side and finessing he just doesn't miss. I honestly been shocked at some of the attempts I've made like this that have gone in. They've all been unsaveable. Because of this, I often find myself deliberately playing the ball to him so that he can make a sprint, cut inside and shoot. In this respect, he's the best winger I've used. I've found with other wingers (Salah, Hazard etc.), you're tempted to play them at LF/RF or even striker but Sterling is so much better at using that space effectively. His 95 positioning makes sure of this.
He's weak but then even the strongest strikers will get pushed off the ball by the big defenders. He makes up for this by skipping around them.
His weak foot is trash. I would also avoid his normal shot since they are nowhere near as good as his finesse shots.
I play ussualy as Gold II and i saw him on the market few days after release. When his price was going down and bought him as my first big in?vestment. I play him in 4-2-3-1(2) on left with Lanzini on CAM, Jesus ST and OTW Richarlison right. After 10 matches i was furious with him. He was like 1 goal and 2 assists. But more i played, more i liked him. I changed chemistry style from Hunter to Deadeye. And after 24 matches 11 goals and 13 assists i can clearly say he is something better and smaller Deulofeu. On better teams he can be used like super-sub in 80 minute becuse of his lack of stamina.
- Pace - He is unbelievably fast
- Dribbling - if you love quick switching ways he can be your boy
- Price - quite good for this rating IF
- Skills - 4 stars were good for me
- Physicality - Its so easy to get ball from him by just smashing him
- WF - 3 stars weak foot can be for a lot of players insufficient
- Height - his 170cm was little problem because i use a lot of corners and he is there useless