Sterling says there was “unfair criticism” of his first year at Man City

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Raheem Sterling says he’s been treated unfairly.

Sterling is on fire for Manchester City this year, and he thinks he did just fine last year under Manuel Pellegrini despite what others have claimed regarding his first year at the Etihad Stadium.

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The Jamaica-born 21-year-old was also the subject of criticism during England’s disappointing EURO 2016 run, but was the Premier League’s Player of the Month for August.

From the BBC:

“I have had unfair criticism. Last season I made my mark in the Champions League and I equalled my best scoring season,” he said.

“Unfair criticism does put you down a little bit. No-one says I am willing to do my best for club and country. At times it is frustrating. Pep [Guardiola] has been a massive help. I spoke to him before and he said he watched me at Liverpool. He has made me stronger.”

Sterling did score 11 goals in each of the last two seasons, three of which came in the Champions League last year. He looks reinvigorated under Guardiola, and perhaps we should consider whether he really did disappoint last season. After all, it’s easy to judge a player after a massive transfer fee.

Still, he looks a different player now. At this pace, he’ll have no problem scoring more than 11 this season.