Raheem Sterling was named Premier League Player of the Month for December

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Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling has been named Premier League Player of the Month for December after a fantastic month for England’s talisman.

Sterling hit a rich vein of form in the final weeks of 2021, scoring five points in five games and giving an assist in another.

He played a crucial role in @ManCity’s brilliant form? @ Sterling7 is December 2021’s @ EASPORTSFIFA Player of the Month! #PLAwards pic.twitter.com/TpyHIZBM4y

– Premier League (@premierleague) 14 January 2022

Among those blows, Sterling’s penalty against Wolves on December 11 caused him to join the exclusive, 32-man Premier League 100 club.

It was a month when Sterling rediscovered his goal contact and showed his predatory instinct after a relatively calm season in front of goal to that point.

After giving a fine assist against Aston Villa to kick off in December, the 27-year-old made a tap-in against Watford before the landmark goal kick against Wolves.

His manager Pep Guardiola gave him another rest against Leeds before returning to the side with a couple more close-ups and another penalty over victories over Newcastle and Leicester.

These contributions helped extend Man City’s ridiculous winning streak to nine games, and it was ten before the end of the year when they beat Brentford when the shapely Sterling rested on the bench again.

The forward came out on top in a seven-man shortlist that also included his City teammates Joao Cancelo, James Maddison, Gabriel Martinelli, Mason Mount, Martin Odegaard and Son Heung-min.

This is the third time Sterling has received the award, and his first since long back in November 2018.

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