The Chalkboard: Raheem Sterling can be the heir to Sergio Aguero’s throne

Raheem Sterling is rapidly developing into a world-class talent, and one who is quickly broadening his tactical horizons under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Having started his footballing career as an out-and-out winger who enjoyed cutting inside, the 24-year-old has now matured into an excellent forward who can comfortably play anywhere across the frontline – Sterling has been deployed as a left forward, a right forward and a centre forward on numerous occasions already this season.

What is particularly telling is that, no matter which position he is deployed in, the former Liverpool man consistently delivers.

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In his 40 appearances this season for the Citizens, the England international has hit a stunning 19 goals and recorded 16 assists. To add to that, his statistics for the Three Lions in the current campaign show a return of six goals in five starts.

Together, that equates to a quite staggering haul of 25 goals and 16 assists, numbers that some of Europe’s most elite players would rightfully be proud of.

His striking compatriot at the Etihad Stadium, Sergio Aguero, is a man heralded by all associated with the club – the Argentine’s tally of 227 goals in 329 appearances makes him Man City’s all-time top goalscorer.

However, Aguero is nearing his 31st birthday and has previously stated his intention to return to former club Independiente when his contract expires.

Although it’s important to recognise that the Argentine has since signed a one-year extension, the fateful day of his departure will inevitably come around in the not too distant future.

City will find it incredibly hard to replace such a prolific forward when that day eventually arrives, but Guardiola’s replacement could already be under his nose.

Looking at Sterling’s record in front of goal this season, as well as last term in which he notched 23 goals and 17 assists, it is evident that he is always improving and is on course to get near, or even break, Aguero’s record tally in a sky blue shirt.

Pep Guardiola and the club’s officials needn’t fret when the former Atletico Madrid packs his bags and leaves Manchester; they have his replacement ready made in the form of their existing No.7.