Sterling has become one of football’s most articulate and inspiring voices in recent years and his delivered plenty of guidance to his 19-year-old team-mate, whose career draws parallels with his own.
Both are pacey wingers who love to commit full-backs and each of them spent a period of their younger years at clubs in West London, with Poveda at Brentford and Sterling at Queens Park Rangers, before heading north.
Poveda stepped up into the first team environment last season, making his debut against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup.
“Raheem’s like my big bro,” he explained. “I appreciate him a lot, with everything he’s done.
“The small advice he gives me in training sessions, it just shows that he cares. I appreciate it, even if I don’t tell him.
“I listen a lot and think it’s true and then I try to implement it in my game all the time.
“I’m glad Raz helps me out. He’s a real good guy. It’s tips on the pitch, like positioning, what to do.
“Off the pitch as well, he gives me great advice. He knows I’m a young player and there are certain things that I haven’t experienced yet.
“I feel like he helps me a lot and I appreciate that.”
Not only is Poveda getting advice from Sterling, he’s following his lead, too.
With first team opportunities limited this season, the Southwark-born youngster has maintained his match sharpness with Paul Harsley’s Elite Development Squad (EDS), scoring three goals and providing two assists.
And like Sterling, he’s giving his team-mates the benefit of his advice.
"Having young players in the team I have to help them out and it's good to see that they're learning and improving as well," he added.
"I train with the first team every day and it's really good, I'm learning every day new things. I just have to knuckle down and keep working hard and wait for my opportunity and when it comes I'll take it."