Before the season started not many would have predicted Raheem Sterling to be City's top scorer at this stage. The English winger's finishing has long been viewed as the weakest part of his game, but not any more. Since moving from Liverpool he has not looked a natural goalscorer, but something has clicked for him this term. He has scored 12 goals in all competitions, more than either Aguero or Jesus has managed.
Sterling Surprises Pep
There has never been any doubt about Sterling's skill or speed, but questions were often asked about his composure in the final third. Too often that final ball or shot on goal went astray, but nowadays he looks far more clinical. The fact that he has scored so many late winners says a lot about his attitude these days too.
When asked by the press if Sterling's form surprised him, Pep Guardiola replied: “Yes, but it’s good. It’s the best moment of his career, or equal best, and we’re in November, so there’s a lot of time still.” If Sterling continues scoring at the rate he is currently, he should be capable of breaching the 20 goal mark at least this season.
City's slick attacking play has thrilled their supporters this season. However, they showed another side to their game vs Huddersfield. David Wagner's men dragged them into the trenches on Sunday and The Citizens proved they were up for a scrap with a gritty display. Sterling's late winner was richly deserved and it sent an ominous signal to their title rivals.
Some pundits predicted that come November/December some of City's high paid stars would go missing, just like last season. That has not transpired yet though, and they look well up to the challenge. Their refusal to throw in the towel against a plucky Huddersfield side will delight Pep, and City's inexorable march to the Premier League title continues unabated.