To be an elite level striker in the Premier League takes a great deal of hard work and dedication, and that kind of goes without saying. It’s recognised as one of the highest levels of football in the world and rightly so, because there are just so many world class players that take part in it. Of course, it’s also one of the most physically demanding leagues in the world, which is something that true fans have probably always known.
It’s one of those positions whereby if you aren’t up to scratch, things can go south incredibly quickly for you. For Daniel Sturridge, he knows that more so than most.
Interestingly enough the definition of ‘not being up to scratch’ for Sturridge is a bit different, because in his case, his body has kind of let him down along the way. Some folks may consider that to be a bit harsh, but really, it’s just the truth. At one point Daniel Sturridge was not only one of the most exciting strikers in English football, but also in all of Europe. He was scoring for fun with Liverpool and was considered to be their primary forward, alongside Luis Suarez.
Alas, after a string of injuries he was just unable to re-capture the form that made him such a household name in the first place, which has left us in the position that we’re in today. As revealed by Liverpool on Twitter and BBC, Daniel Sturridge will be leaving the club during the summer transfer window. Thankfully he’ll be able to leave with his head held high as a result of the Reds’ Champions League triumph, but at the same time, he’ll probably be slightly frustrated that he wasn’t actually able to do much on the pitch.
His contributions to the club over the years have been well documented, and in that regard, certainly shouldn’t be forgotten. At the age of 29 it still feels like he’s got some fight left in him, but the question is: at what level?
On the way back
He could probably find some success abroad, but we get the feeling that he wants to remain at the highest level in England. If that’s the case then there’s probably a sea of top flight sides that would take a risk on him, if only because of his natural goalscoring ability. He doesn’t even need to be a starter, because instead, he could quite easily be an impact sub. As long as he’s got the ball at his feet, or someone to whip it into his path, then there’s always going to be a chance on the cards for him.
We really don’t think this is going to be the end of the road for him as an elite striker, regardless of what the ‘trolls’ may think. He just needs a bit of fine tuning and a squad where he can really start to be a team player, and he’ll be off to the races.
Until that moment comes, though, the uncertainty will continue.