getting a little bit excited here aren't we? the reaction to him coming off the bench was nothing short of embarrassing, let him have a full season in the first team before we are all wetting ourselves over him
Raheem Sterling has played, what, thirty minutes total in two games?
And in those minutes, he has done about a thousand times more than Downing has during the entire season, in all competitions.
There seems to be this absurd meritocracy going on that somehow the senior players deserve more playing time by virtue of the fact that.... what? the fact that they're older? the fact that they were bought for massive sums of money? what is it?
If I wanted an attacking threat in a game, I would play Sterling over Downing every day of the week. That's not saying Sterling is a world beater. It just reflects how dire and poor Downing has. If he starts in the final, can you tell me what he has done, one thing, just one---to deserve to start ahead of anyone else?
No, you can't. He hasn't done a damn thing since he's been here. And yet he's undroppable. And here we have Sterling, hungry to play, and he is rotting in the reserves when he is already miles ahead of any of our first team options. They doubled up on him defensively tonight. When Downing plays, they could practically take naps on the pitch without fear of anything happening.
Raheem is ready for the first team by virtue of the fact that he is the best winger we have right now, first team or reserves. End of.