Manchester City star Raheem Sterling is a better all-round and team player than the “overrated” Neymar, says former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy.
The 24-year-old winger has excelled under Pep Guardiola at City and is on course for another impressive campaign with 19 goals and 16 assists in his 39 appearances this season.
Sterling’s form has been particularly notable in recent weeks on the back of netting a hat-trick in City’s 3-1 Premier League win over Watford on Saturday and then following it up with another goal in the club’s 7-0 demolition of Schalke 04 in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The England international also assisted Sergio Aguero for City‘s second of the game with a neat little back heel to set-up the Argentine striker from six yards out.
Now Cundy has lauded Sterling and claims he would pick him any day over Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar in his starting XI in world football.
“I don’t rate Neymar, I think he’s overrated,” Cundy told talkSPORT.
“I would have Sterling in my team over Neymar every day of the week because I think he’s a better all-round player and he’s a better team player.
“I think Neymar is part of the problem when he goes to clubs.
“I’m not saying he’s a bad player, but if you asked me right now who I would rather have at Chelsea, I’d have Sterling every day of the week.”
Cundy’s not the only who’s been singing Sterling’s praises as former City captain Richard Dunne believes the former Liverpool star’s impressive run means it impossible for Guardiola to leave him out.
“He’s an outstanding professional and Pep Guardiola understands he’s a vital part of the team,” said Dunne on Grand National.
“[Leroy] Sane and [Riyad] Mahrez might interchange but Sterling will always be on the team sheet. His assists and goal-rate support the manager’s decision to make him an integral part of the team.
“Sterling’s attitude is brilliant, he’s got amazing speed and technical ability. But this season he’s improved his finishing and his overall team play.
“When you’re signed for £49 million, you might think you’ve made it. But he’s improving year on year and has taken on board what the coaches have said to him.”