Ever since he moved to Manchester City as the most expensive English player of all time, Raheem Sterling has been deeply criticized by everyone for his performances. The 21-year-old struggled with the Sky Blues in his first season, and he wasn't that impressive for England, either, especially in the Euros.
Sterling is beginning to turn the corner at City with the arrival of Pep Guardiola, playing bold, attacking football as a winger and earning praise from City coaches, players and fans. The critics are still loud, though, but Raheem can count on his teammates to have his back.
Kevin De Bruyne was the latest to defend Sterling, and he just does not care about what the critics say about Raheem:
“He’s a great player, I don’t care what people say about him after last year or the Euros - these things happen, footballers have ups and downs. Hopefully he can continue this for us now because he is very dangerous.”
De Bruyne also says that Sterling is not bothered by the criticism, or affected by fans of other teams booing him during matches, which happened again in last Saturday's Premier League game against Stoke City:
“I don’t think he’s really bothered about people talking about him,” he said. “Everywhere he goes in England there are lots of fans of the opposing team shouting at him. I don’t know why because he’s a great English player, they should be supporting him instead of booing him. But that’s the way it goes - the City supporters will cheer him.
“Obviously he’s been criticised a lot in the last year but the way he’s responding is great. You can talk as much as you want off the pitch but you have to show it on.”
So talk all you want about Sterling. He doesn't care.