The problem with Owen was he was played whilst injured and rushed back too soon on loads of occasions. There's loads of lads who have played from a young age with out a problem.
Yeah, and we did that because we were extremely reliant on him, and had been since a young age.
This is what people just aren't getting with the Sterling situation. I've said before I don't doubt Sterling's ability to play professional football. I don't doubt that he's talented enough. I laugh at the idea that he'd come in and struggle and that it'd crush his confidence. It wouldn't. He'd be back out of the team for a bit (like Flanagan has been) and then he'd get another chance.
The worry is not that he isn't ready for first team football, but he's too ready. People do not know how to react if a player is so good at 17 that you can't leave him out of the team. ... And this lad could well be that.
He's might not be Messi, but at the same time we're not Barcelona. We don't have a Ronaldinho there keeping him out of the team. People will be baying for his inclusion from the start soon enough (if they're not already), and if he does well... He's not just going to be playing football at 17. We're going to be looking for him to win us games on his own at 17. It's an unfair amount of pressure on the lad.