Sterling’s performance against Tottenham should silence the critics

Manchester City went into Saturday’s crunch clash with Tottenham Hotspur on the back of three straight defeats.

This season has seen Pep Guardiola and his men receive almost universal praise but suddenly the critics were circling and one man in the firing line was Raheem Sterling.

Fielded as a central striker against Manchester United in City’s last league game, the England international – valued at £72m on Transfermarkt – blew a host of chances that would have clinched a historic title win.

Now, he has been confirmed as a Premier League winner and netted as the champions beat Spurs 3-1 at Wembley to get back on track after a tumultuous period.

He showed his impressive character by getting into the positions to have five shots, but also contributed two key passes as Guardiola’s men dominated throughout.

His passing was reliable and solid and he even got involved at the other end, making two clearances to help ensure that Tottenham didn’t mount a comeback.