Rio Ferdinand has said that Manchester City sensation Jeremy Doku reminds him of Raheem Sterling.

Speaking on FIVE magazine’s official YouTube channel, the popular pundit reacted to the youngster’s splendid performance in City’s 3-1 win against West Ham United.

Rio Ferdinand said that Jeremy Doku could be moulded into a player Raheem Sterling at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola.

Rio Ferdinand says Jeremy Doku could become the next Raheem Sterling

Even Guardiola admitted that he was ‘impressed’ by how the Belgian international has instantly adapted to life in sky blue.

The former Rennes wideman bagged his first goal for the treble-winners in style, while putting in a display on Saturday that justified all the hype surrounding his name for years.

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“This kid is like Sterling, he’s going to put defenders on the backfoot and say, ‘you might have to give yourself another couple of yards because I can get in behind’, he said.

Rio Ferdinand continued to point out the similarities between Jeremy Doku and Raheem Sterling.

“I think he’s more Sterling when he was at Liverpool. Sterling was running 1v1s all day long, getting to people, getting to the byline, crossing, that’s what he does. Sterling’s game evolved. That’s what I’m saying.”

“He could evolve and become like Sterling, end product was at Man City, getting 15-20 goals a season, 10-15 assists. He could do that quite easily because he’s got the raw materials that I think any top manager or any manager would want to work with.”

Jeremy Doku must become as productive as the Chelsea winger to reach the next level

Rio Ferdinand is right in saying that Jeremy Doku has the potential to become an end product machine like Raheem Sterling.

While Doku’s dribbling and general impact on any game is significant, wingers in today’s day and age must get goals and assists to be regarded as elite.

That is what Sterling brought to the table, even on days where he was not at his best, which is what made him a truly world-class forward.

If Jeremy Doku develops a knack of putting numbers on the board, he could match or potentially even surpass the Manchester City legend one day.

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