Raheem Sterling reacts to being used as a wing-back

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Raheem Sterling has been used as a wing-back a couple of times by Chelsea manager Graham Potter.

The 27-year-old was most recently used as a wing-back in the 4-1 defeat to Brighton, and he flopped badly in that position.

Sterling has insisted that the wing-back role isn’t his best position, as he maintained that he’s primarily a winger.

“It is like anything, you come to a new team, there is different things going to be asked of you,” Sterling told the Kelly and Wrighty Show.

“It is a completely diffident shape. I haven’t played in a back five for a while but it is something the manager has asked me to do and it is something I am more than happy to do.

“When we have got the ball, I am high and wide but of course you have to defend. But the more I’m next to the box, the better I am for myself.

“But the more time I have to figure it out in this position, I am more than happy to play it.”

Sterling also assured that Potter’s tactics would come good at the end.

Sterling continued: “I feel my best position is a winger, that’s for sure.

“But the manager has his way of playing and he’s not had a full preseason with us, he was dropped in the middle of a storm, really.

“He has grabbed it with both hands and he is trying to figure out the best personnel for positions. I keep saying, with time it will all gel nicely.”