Vital Football

Latest QPR News

One to Watch - Raheem Sterling

One to Watch - Raheem Sterling

Name: Raheem Sterling

Date of Birth: 8/12/1994

Nationality: England

Former Clubs: QPR

League Appearances (Goals): 21 (1)

International Appearances (Goals): 1 (0)

Stat of the Day: Raheem Sterling is the eighth youngest goalscorer in Premier League history

Player Profile: Queens Park Ranger`s attempts at nurturing anything useful from their youth system has been about as successful as their efforts in keeping a manager in the dugout for longer than 5 minutes. Take a trip down memory lane and look at the names of Shabazz Baidoo, Stefan Bailey, Richard Pacquette, Dennis Oli, Josh Parker and Antonio German and you will find it hard to see how QPR can take any credit whatsoever for playing any part in the development of Raheem Sterling. It would appear a ridiculously talented teenager happened to turn up at the doorstep of QPR, who they signed up, brought him through a few age groups before willingly taking a large fee for a little known 14-year-old with presumably a large sell-on-fee in his contract.

The emergence of Sterling at QPR was something of a swift and unanticipated affair; Rangers found themselves in fourth under the guidance of Jim Magilton before a couple of media stories came to the fore, claiming the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City were sniffing around some unheard of superstar at Loftus Road. Some were even stating the teenager would be thrown into the first team for a start; a preposterous idea in hindsight, but not too ludicrous at the time, given the off-field mishaps all too familiar at the club at the time. Nothing came of it and a few months later Sterling was shipped off to Liverpool, with many QPR fans expecting another situation similar to that of hotshot Dean Parrett.

Were in not for the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, Sterling may not have found himself anywhere near the first team for another couple of years, but under the guidance of the former Swansea manager, Sterling has prospered at Anfield and is now a firm fixture in the first team. Posing a clear threat down the left side of the midfield, Sterling is an exciting youngster full of confidence aiming to make his mark on both Liverpool and England sides.

Player History

Raheem Sterling joined the QPR academy at the age of 10, making his way through the age groups before coming to the attention of the nation at the age of 14. He was linked with numerous top clubs before Liverpool snapped him up for an initial fee of £600 000, which could rise to a possible £5 million. He impressed at the Liverpool academy, before making his senior debut as a substitute in a league match against Wigan Atheltic in March 2012. He has since made twenty one appearances for Liverpool, with one league goal to his name. Much was made of Sterling`s on-going contract negotiations, but the teenager finally committed his future to the club merely last week.

Follow me on Twitter @harrod11



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:danielqpr
Date:Friday December 28 2012
Time: 10:06PM

Comments

0
Just a little negative about QPR. Yet no mention of LFC's poaching (theft ifyou prefer) of our player.
qpr4me
28/12/2012 23:21:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

FA End Betting Sponsorship

Late yesterday afternoon, the Football Association announced the result of its three month review of their relationship with gambling companies and that association now comes to an end.

Sky Confirm TV Selection Windows For 2017/18

With the release of the EFL fixture lists on Wednesday morning, Sky Sports have released their outline giving fans an idea of when television selections will be made this season.

2017/18 Final Weekend Details

With the release of the Premier League fixtures last week and last Wednesday seeing the EFL following suit, the full details for the final weekends across...

30 Minute Halves - No Rebounds On Penalties?

The International Football Association Board are investigating a variety of rule book changes when it comes to the future of football.

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from

Site Journalists

Hoops
Editor email
Profile
Boxer
no email
Profile
danielqpr
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v Norwich City
Suggested By:
Smithies96%
Perch1%
Onuoha0%
Lynch1%
Robinson0%
Wszolek1%
Luongo0%
Doughty0%
Manning0%
Washington0%
Smith0%
Freeman0%
Bowler0%
Grego-Cox1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dustman1
Vital Football Comment