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Micah Richards says Manchester City have a ‘top player’ who could get 20-30 goals a season with some work

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Micah Richards says Manchester City have a ‘top player’ who could get 20-30 goals a season with some work

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has been praised by Micah Richards for his efforts at the Etihad, tipping him to become even better.

The 26-year-old joined the Citizens in 2015 from Liverpool and has gone on to make 285 competitive appearances in sky blue.

Sterling’s overall goal tally for City stands at 113, plus 86 assists, and this season, he has notched up 13 goals and 11 assists in all competitions.

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His efforts over the years have helped City to two Premier League titles, four League Cups, an FA Cup and an English Super Cup.

On the latest Match of the Day Top 10 podcast, Richards, Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer spoke about their top 10 Premier League transfer shocks.

Sterling, whose move from Liverpool to City proved somewhat controversial at the time, was named at number 8 by Richards and 7 by Shearer.

 

“It was a very brave move, but he has certainly proved himself,” said Lineker, as quoted on the BBC Sport website. “What a player.

“He has shown how mentally tough he is because he was getting pelters from all sides about this move, but he has stood up and delivered.”

Richards added: “He is a top player, but I do think he still has another level that he could go to.

“He does that run from left to right better than anyone I’ve seen before. If he was a bit more clinical, he could get 20-30 goals every season. I’m his biggest fan.”

Up next for City is Wednesday night’s trip to Aston Villa, followed by the League Cup final against Spurs on Sunday.

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