Joe Cole has stated that since leaving Manchester City, Arsenal''s transfer target, Raheem Sterling has become a goalkeeper.
The former England midfielder claimed that he was at Liverpool when Sterling came through as a teenager, and one thing he noticed was his self-esteem.
During his transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City in 2015, there was a lot of hype and fuss around a new-faced Sterling.
England international, who is now wanted by Arsenal this summer, will point towards the trophies he has won as a proof that he made the right call.
As he told Channel 4s international football coverage, Cole believes Sterling has evolved into a major-game player.
Cole claims that he is now a leader. At the Euros, he had a difficult season leading up to it, then he just came alive.
The big players take the game by the neck of the neck and produce something.
He isn''t a natural finisher. However, he has become a goalscorer by being in the right positions and working on his technique. He always gets the job done.
Raheem, I love watching. When he was coming through at Liverpool, I was there, so I saw him emerge as a player.
One thing that struck me was his ability to be effective. People do not see that and he has grown to become a crucial player for England.
HIS MANCHESTER CITY FUTURE IS HAS A HUGE CALL TO MAKE IN STERLING
Sterling may go to the exit door as a free-transfer in 12 months, so he must make a significant call on his future this summer.
The versatile forward, who scored 13 goals from 30 games last season, needs to sign a new contract or look for a new home.
Given Sterling''s potential to score goals, then he might wish to join another Champions League team.
Arsenal is on the back foot, but could Mikel Arteta, who worked with him at the Etihad, and the lure of London, persuade the Englishman to confront a challenge at the Emirates?