What Next For Daniel Sturridge?

A player who promises so much when fit, Daniel Sturridge has had an injury-hit career so far. With a departure from Liverpool this summer looking more likely, I will look at what could be next for Sturridge. It is clear that Sturridge will never be first choice at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp. A move away from Liverpool would be beneficial for both parties. The club will get a player off their books, who they don’t really want. For Sturridge on the other hand, he has a chance to resurrect his career  at another club.

Daniel Sturridge had a short spell at Manchester City, when his contract expired he signed for Chelsea. During his time at Stamford Bridge Sturridge began to make a name for himself. His first two goals for the London club came in a FA Cup third round tie against Watford. Sturridge continued to develop, finishing as Chelsea leading scorer in the FA Cup during the 2009/10 season, scoring four goals. Sturridge agreed to join Bolton on loan in January 2011 for the remainder of the season. Seeing it as a chance to get more game time. The decision paid off, scoring in each of his first four appearances for Bolton. Sturridge ended his loan spell at Bolton with an impressive eight goals in twelve appearances.

Sturridge returned to Chelsea for the 2011/12 season, despite rumours he could be on his way out of the club, Sturridge was given a chance to prove himself under then manager Andre Villas-Boas. Sturridge ended the season scoring eleven goals in thirty appearances. During the 2012/13 campaign, Sturridge did not feature much for Chelsea, making just seven appearances. In January of that season, Sturridge made the move to Liverpool where he began to flourish. He scored ten goals in fourteen appearances. The following season, Sturridge was part of a Liverpool who made a strong challenge for the title – in the end falling short. Sturridge ended the season with 21 goals – his best end of season tally to date.

Since the 2013/14 season injuries have seen his development stall somewhat. Now on the peripheries at Liverpool, Sturridge has to move to a new club in the summer to get more game time. He will certainly have plenty of options, there is no doubting his ability. The problem is, keeping him fit. He needs to prove to people that he can play over thirty games a season on consistent basis. He reminds me a little of Jack Wilshere, in the sense that he has immense quality but we rarely get to see it due to injury. Wilshere moved on loan to Bournemouth and has proved he can play consistently over a season – Sturridge must do the same.

I feel for the player because it is not easy to keep having an injury set-back. You have to strong mentally to keep believing that you will get back to your best. To continuously be knocked back is hard. I hope that Sturridge can keep fit and find a club, where he can thrive.

You can that Sturridge is not happy about the current situation. His reputation has suffered in the past couple of seasons due to injuries and poor performances which have clearly knocked his confidence both on and off the pitch. A fresh start is what is needed to re-ignite his career. No blame in this scenario can be placed on anyone, Klopp has his style and Sturridge has his and it just does not match. Nobody would begrudge him a move away, as he deserves first team football. For England also, it is imperative he is in form for next year’s World Cup, as an in-form Daniel Sturridge might just be the key to England, finally, performing to their potential at a major tournament.