Both pundits did question how Sterling would have received the news that he was playing in a different role, having been one of the bright sparks to start the season for ex-boss Thomas Tuchel having been the only Chelsea player to score more than once this season.
“I think initially he would have been ‘What, me? Wing-back?’,” Cole added. “But the system and way of playing and the methodology explained to him, he is going to get so many opportunities to score.”
Sterling connected with Cucurella on several occasions down the left flank, which former Liverpool striker Crouch noted. “He looked like an old-school winger at times,” Crouch said. “Getting one-on-one, taking little touches and getting crosses in, coming inside and getting shots off. I think it could really suit him and I think he has also got a good relationship with Cucurella down that side.”