Written by Ben Jaycock
Is Daniel Sturridge another on the list of wasted England talents? From world class to third choice striker at Liverpool, where has it all gone wrong for the England international?
In my opinion Sturridge has shown at times for Liverpool that he is world class. His goal scoring record speaks for itself. He has scored in all competitions, 57 goals in 101 appearances. Under Brendan Rodgers Liverpool, Sturridge was a key figure in Liverpool’s second place finish back in the 2013-2014 season, setting the Premier League alight. Scoring 21 goals in 29, his impressive goal scoring record and flexible positioning made him a real asset to Liverpool and the national side. Unfortunately for Liverpool fans and us England supporters, he has never since been consistent and reached full potential. Showcasing flashes of magic just not in a regular occurrence.
This is due to a variety of reasons. Lack of game time – for instance this season being the third choice striker behind Brazilian Roberto Firmino and Belgian Divock Origi, has left the striker frustrated under manager Jurgen Klopp. Also Injury problems – reportedly on the injury list 346 days since the 2013-14 season. The injuries have resulted in the striker playing just 26 times in the league during the two seasons afterwards.
Due to his fitness problems and not fitting the pressing, tracking back style Klopp has endorsed. His future on Merseyside looks in real doubt, not to mention he has lost his starting place in the national side to Harry Kane. I believe we as a country are in danger of losing a striker of real ability.
Why is this so important? My view is out of all England players who Southgate has at his disposal, Sturridge is the one with the most technical ability. Sturridge is physically blessed with incredible pace and a very good understanding and knowledge of the game. Combine this with strength and good height at 6 feet 2 while still only 27. Bolstering a goal scoring record that impressive, it is baffling why he isn’t recognised as a key figure in Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
With the January transfer window approaching Sturridge to better his career, must move on from Liverpool to a new side. In order to reach the potential we all know he has. Reports suggest West Ham are linked with a move for the striker in the upcoming window. Slaven Bilic is crying out for a Premier League proven striker. Bilic wouldn’t have to break the budget for him because of the injury concerns. But many hammers fans and other clubs would be happy to take the risk for a striker of his quality.
The consistent run of games he desperately needs to show the nation, world and Southgate that he can be a quality centre forward. With Harry Kane as the leading man for England, and in form forwards such as Defoe, Rashford, Austin challenging his place not in the starting 11 but in the squad.
A transfer in the near future and a consistent run of games avoiding injury is easier said than done. But it’s what Sturridge needs to rescue his career.
West Ham fans, would you want Sturridge? Is he technically England’s best striker? Let us know in the comments below!
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