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In an age of football when pace and trickery are attributes to be cherished, nurtured, exploited and sold for millions of pounds, Raheem Sterling is set to become within a few short months one of the finest exponents of the game the Premier League has ever seen.
Actually, no. Raheem Sterling is a former under 18s player for Liverpool FC, who this season will start the campaign in the reserves side for the first time. Though he has excelled in his age group for the Reds and deservedly got involved with the first team for a number of training sessions and European trips, he is most certainly not ready to be considered part of the first team options at this moment in time.
Yes, he is a talented player from the youth side - one of many at present, I might add. Yes, he has the natural ability and, seemingly, the attitude to go with it to make it to the top level. But is he there right now, or likely to be there at all this season? Probably not. If he continues to progress well and improve after his step up to the reserves, maybe he'll get his chance alongside others such as Conor Coady, John Flanagan and Jack Robinson in the cup games and in further first team training sessions.
But his progression is only really just starting, and playing in competitions like the NextGen Champions League-style under 19s tournament this season is likely to further his development.
Sterling wasn't in the England full squad this summer for the European Championship qualifiers. He wasn't in the Under 21s side for their summer competition, or even the forthcoming Under 20s squad for the World Cup in Colombia. He is in the Under 17s team. Because that is where he is right now. That is his level, that is how far he has progressed, and if we leave him alone and let him continue working hard, with a bit of luck he might just come through in the seasons ahead and press for a first team place.
But don't expect him to light up the Premier League early on this season - and if you do start to demand his inclusion, expect your calls to fall on deaf ears from this writer.