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Raheem Sterling’s impact at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel

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Jun-11 15:42 first published at 15:42 PM


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According to the latest transfer rumors, Chelsea are interested in signing Raheem Sterling.

Sterling could quit Manchester City this summer, according to the Telegraph. The winger’s contract expires at the end of next season, so this summer’s transfer window could be one of City’s last chances to secure a significant fee for the England international. According to the report, Chelsea is considering a deal for the former Liverpool player.

Despite the hype, football.london knows that Chelsea are unlikely to make forward acquisitions this summer unless players leave the club. Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, and Christian Pulisic are among the Blues players whose futures are unknown ahead of next season.

Todd Boehly was given a straightforward £24 million transfer decision to kick-start Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea renovation.

Last season, the 27-year-old scored 13 goals and added five assists for City, who won the Premier League by one point over Liverpool under Pep Guardiola. So, if Sterling signs with Chelsea, what kind of influence may he have next season?

This summer, we’signed’ Raheem Sterling to Chelsea.

We utilized the Football Manager 2022 editor to arrange for Sterling to join Chelsea at the start of the summer transfer window, then ran the simulation with FM22. We also moved Romelu Lukaku, Antonio Rudiger, and other players out.

This is how Sterling did in 2022/23 under Tuchel. The 27-year-old attacker was an important player for Chelsea, playing either behind the center striker or as a versatile false nine, and he put in some impressive displays.

The England international made 45 appearances under Tuchel in 2022/23, including 44 starts, with Sterling scoring 23 goals and producing two assists. The former Liverpool man was the club’s top scorer, scoring more than Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Mason Mount.

At the end of the 2022/23 season, Football Manager 2022 put together an overall best Chelsea XI, based on performances, statistics and other metrics. This is what the Blues’ best XI looked like at the end of the 2022-23 season as predicted by Football Manager 2022:

Full Chelsea best XI (5-2-2-1): Mendy; James, Azpilicueta, Silva, Chalobah, Chilwell; Jorginho, Kante; Havertz, Mount; Sterling.

The new signing featured as a fluid false number nine in the FM22 best XI, with Mount and Havertz featuring behind him. So, how did Tuchel’s team fare against Sterling in all competitions?

Chelsea’s simulation performance in 2022/23 with Sterling

Despite Sterling behind Chelsea’s only major signing in this simulation, the Blues secured another third-place finish, and finished closer to the top two, just four points behind Liverpool.

Compared to last season, the Blues won five more points, losing only five games in the season compared to six in the last campaign. But Sterling’s biggest contributions came in the cup competitions, with Chelsea ending the season with two major trophies.

Sterling scored in the Champions League final for Tuchel’s side, who beat Portuguese side Benfica 4-1 in the final, as Chelsea won their second Champions League in the last three seasons.

Chelsea also won the FA Cup, beating Wolves 1-0 in the final thanks to a goal from Werner.

Overall, this simulation predicts that Sterling’s arrival could lead to Chelsea winning two major trophies next season, including the Champions League, with the Blues also improving their points tally in the Premier League and closing the gap to Liverpool. But, this simulation also shows that more additions are needed if they want to challenge for the league title, with defensive additions needed most.

Would you like to see Chelsea sign Raheem Sterling this summer? Let us know in the comments!

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