Daniel Sturridge’s best seasons may be behind him, but playing as the backup for Liverpool’s untouchable front three was always going to signal the end for a player who needs games to reach top form.
With the season at a close and a Champions League medal around his neck, Sturridge’s expectant departure from Anfield was officially confirmed yesterday – which should light up the eyes of preying Premier League clubs on the lookout for a quality free transfer. He has made many a comeback appearance over the years, is he ready for more?
There’s seems to be something of a dearth of top-drawer attackers in the Premier League these days – so the race to sign the England striker should be frantic.
The 29-year-old will be widely known amongst his potential suitors, and while fitness concerns may be an issue, there’s still no doubting his quality – especially from clubs not troubling the upper reaches of the division.
Plenty of clubs are on the lookout for a new hitman. West Ham have let go two strikers in the past week, Newcastle have seen Salomon Rondon return to West Brom, while the likes of Burnley, Everton, Southampton and Brighton could all do with an upgrade. You can foind out the latest odds on Sturridge’s move here: https://www.freebets.co.uk/
Even a move to newboys Aston Villa, where he spent time as a youth player, should be very much on the cards with the free-scoring Tammy Abraham having returned to Chelsea.
Sturridge would be wise to prioritise playing time over potential success – which leaves a bigger club like Arsenal or Spurs out of his reach at this stage in his career. Therefore, a more central role at a mid-table club is probably more likely for the striker.
It’s important to point out that Sturridge’s lack of opportunity at Liverpool was never down to his inability – but more the superior talent of the first-choice frontline at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal. And even when given a chance, Sturridge has shown his quality – particularly with his memorable late screamer at Stamford Bridge back in September.
His run of games in the autumn saw his best form for the club last season – displaying the effect that playing regularly has on him – which is something he must now seek elsewhere.
So it’s difficult to deny the striker’s worth – which as a free-agent, will be almost literally a steal for wherever his next destination is.
The fact that many clubs could be in the market for a striker should leave Sturridge in control of his destiny – and there’d be few forwards of his quality likely to be as cost-effective and experienced at the top level as he is.
We may have seen the best of Sturridge, but he still has plenty to offer. For Liverpool, they will look to focus on how to defend their title next season with a new back-up striker in place.
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