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  • dsteer_lfc_68 dsteer_lfc_68 Dec 6, 2012 15:29 Flag

    Daniel Sturridge - done deal?

    I do think this makes a lot of sense, and your round peg round hole is fitting. The question for most is he good enough, but as I think we're looking for a backup striker who can also play as anywhere across the front 3 in a fluid formation, I think he fits and does make us better. In terms of quality, I'd also point to his record at Bolton when on loan, and when he got a decent run of games in the starting lineup, something he's rarely had at Chelsea.

    But I'd discount the BR connection, because I do think he came into SB just as BR was leaving, so while I'm sure BR is fully aware of this talents, and might have been involved in getting him in at Chelsea I don't think he had time to actually work with the lad.

    The only question mark I think that would change this story from rumor to real possibility is what Chelsea is doing themselves behind the scenes to bring in a striker. While Sturridge is not first choice, (he may in fact be 3rd behind striker and the false number 9 option) I hardly doubt they'd let him go without and upgrade coming in.

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    • For what it's worth, it is overwhelmingly said that Sturridge and Ince are the top 2, from this side of the pond.

      Normally, as I've said in another thread, our pundits and tv personalities (not the internet or papers) do not speak on these things unless it's some massive deal, or persistent rumor that never goes away. So, it's a bit odd..

      As far as Sturridge goes, he's not my first choice, but I'm not the one making the decisions, and when comparing to Walcott, I do prefer him. I think he has a higher ceiling and alot of his arrogance and frustration is simply out of a young, very good player who just doesn't seem to get enough chances. Granted his attitude and training could play a part to that, but being in a new environment, especially if he's somewhat familiar with Rodgers and having an opportunity at a regular spot will make him go the extra lengths needed.

      This said, I do like his swagger and confidence in front of goal.. he's scored some lovely goals out of nothing from backheels, and it only makes you think how bad Henderson and some others look with easy chances, and just remember when Daniel was on loan with Bolton, without looking, I think he had 9 goals in 13 games (ish) .. That's a good return, in the Prem.

      Above all else.. Right now, I think he's injured, so if he's damaged goods, consider it a no go in January, and it really all boils down to what Chelsea do, and I think it's a bit naive to think they won't be adding 1-2 strikers regardless if Torres finds himself or not..

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      • The injury is somewhat irrelevant, it is only a hamstring injury and he is due back this week so in terms of January he should be rehabbed up. Sturridge/Walcott/Ince all play that right side void really, I can't imagine us going out and getting more then 1 of the 3. I think if we pulled in 1 plus Bent then that would be good business for this window. One player I like the look of is Danny Rose, I watched him for Sunderland a few times recently and he would work well with Enrique or as cover. Right now (and it changes by the day), the trio of Sturridge/Bent/Rose would be my ideal January which would boost us till the summer (remember Borini and Kelly will be returning soonish. Then in the summer we can ship out the rubbish and go bigger.

      • I would take Sturridge over Fabio Borini every day of the week.