Raheem Sterling Scores first Professional Hat-trick
Raheem Sterling scored his first professional hat-trick
as Manchester City ran out 4-1 winners against
Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium, and it came at just
the right time.
Sterling’s place on the left of City’s attack had looked
under threat before the international break thanks to a
few ineffectual performances, but he’s come back with
“I think it was very important for Raheem to score in this
game three goals,” Manuel Pellegrini said afterwards. “It
is important for him to improve his finishing. I think he
did that today. I don’t think that Raheem is a striker like
Kun [Aguero] or like Bony.
must improve his finishing, and I think this year, and I
said when he arrived here, he must improve. He is
improving and I’m sure that this season he will score
more goals than the other seasons that he played for
Having netted for England, he took just seven minutes to
open the scoring here with a close-range tap in. His
second, with the score at 2-1 after Glenn Murray replied
to Wilfried Bony’s first goal of the season, was the best
of the lot. Following a lovely ball from Kevin De Bruyne, he ran at
the visiting defenders, left two of them on their
backsides and slotted past Adam Federici.
sometimes criticised for a lack of composure in front of
goal – and indeed he could have added even more goals
in the second half – but he was perfect in that instant.
After Jesus Navas made a mess of rounding Federici –
like he did at Crystal Palace a month ago – Sterling was
there to tap in the loose ball.
As mentioned, he could have had a couple more in the
second half but he was thwarted by his own hesitancy
and a wayward finish.
But with big games against Sevilla and United in the
next eight days, the hat-trick was perfectly timed and
should clear up any doubts about his place in the City
team for now.