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FPL new signings: Chelsea can revive Sterling’s appeal

By The Scout 13 Jul 2022
Raheem Sterling Chelsea

The Scout on why a regular role for the signing from Man City can get him back to his best in Fantasy

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The Scout looks at the Fantasy Premier League potential of the summer signings ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Raheem Sterling (CHE) £10.0m

The winger's move to Chelsea can shake up the premium midfield bracket.

Sterling was largely overlooked by Fantasy managers last term due to Pep Guardiola’s rotation at Manchester City.

The England international was limited to only 23 starts in 2021/22, earning a further seven outings as a substitute.

However, he is now expected to secure a regular role for Chelsea as a replacement for Timo Werner (£8.0m) on the left of Thomas Tuchel’s front three.

Sterling v Chelsea’s attackers in 2021/22
Player Goals Assists Mins per G/A Goal conversion
Sterling 13 7 106.3 22.8%
Mount 11 11 107.2 14.5%
Havertz 8 4 150.2 14.3%
Werner 4 2 217.5 8.9%

The underlying numbers show why Sterling can boost Chelsea’s attacking potential.

Last season he was involved in a goal every 106.3 minutes, scoring 13 and assisting a further seven.

That was more than twice as quick as the 217.5 minutes of Werner. The German managed only four goals and two assists. 

Notably, Sterling's clinical finishing was a huge part of his success.

He scored with 22.8 per cent of his shots in 2021/22, the highest rate of any Man City or Chelsea player.

Previously as a regular for Man City, Sterling produced 200+ points in three successive Fantasy seasons from 2017/18.

With his pitch time looking more assured again, he could offer strong competition to Mohamed Salah (£13.0m), Kevin De Bruyne and Son Heung-min (both £12.0m) in the premium midfield bracket.

See: The Scout's FPL new signings

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