Total Football Scout - Daniel Sturridge
Having already looked at Oriol Romeu, Total Football's Marcus Banks turns his attention to the Spaniard's Chelsea team-mate Daniel Sturridge in this Total Football Scout.
Sturridge has outperformed fellow strikers Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres appearing the most capable of the three to function in Andre Villas-Boas' preferred 4-3-3 formation. Sturridge has impressed so much that he is almost certain
NAME: DANIEL STURRIDGE
SQUAD NUMBER: 23
WEIGHT: 76 KG
MARKET VALUE: £15,000,000
HE’S A BIT LIKE: THEO WALCOTT
Manchester City will be racking their brains as to why they did not give Sturridge the chance to impress, which led to his departure for Stamford Bridge for free in 2009. However in January 2010, Chelsea were forced to pay Manchester City £3.5 million which could potentially rise to £6.5 million. This proved to be a bargain as after a successful loan spell at Bolton Wanderers, Sturridge has become an important member of Andre Villas-Boas' squad.
Despite being suspended for the first three games of the 2011/12 season, after picking up a red card in his last game for Bolton, transfer speculation surrounding his future picked up steam, but Andre Villas-Boas was quick to deny rumours and show Sturridge strong support. In his first game back from suspension against Sunderland, he scored a back-heel goal in the 50th minute to put Chelsea 2-0 up.
On his return to the Reebok, he netted two goals within the first 30 minutes after making the most of an Adam Bogdan howler. The 22-year-old continued his early season form by scoring against Everton taking his season tally to four goals in four games. Sturridge again scored against Everton in the League Cup coming off the bench to score a 116th minute winner.
The striker took his goal tally to seven against Newcastle before assisting former Liverpool man Raul Meireles for a goal against Sturridge’s former employers, Manchester City. Wigan Athletic were the next opponents to feel the wrath of Sturridge’s blistering pace after he broke away from the defence and scored from a tight angle. In December, he netted his ninth goal against Tottenham to equalise at White Hart Lane.
Sturridge has been capped once for England and is rumoured to be growing tired of being deployed as a winger under Villas-Boas but with the expensive Fernando Torres faltering, Sturridge can provide Chelsea’s main attacking spark.
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