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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Daniel Sturridge?

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Daniel Sturridge?

I must first say that I am an ardent fan of this young man.

He started last season like a house on fire, despite playing on the wings - a position he clearly did not favour and was totally unfamiliar with.

Despite all that happened in the second half of the season when he lost his blistering form and people began to say he was a fluke whose time was up, I have no reason to doubt his talent since it's there for everyone to see for themselves.

He is pacey, has a deadly left foot and can be handful for any team on any day. Plus, he is the Chelsea player with the most goals last season (penalties not included).

With Drogba now gone, the competition for the centre forward position should be a straight one between Danny and Torres.

The question on every body's lips right now is, 'should we sell him or not?'.

This guy has the potential to go on to become one of the best players in the world and although much has been made of his seemingly inability to realise when to shoot and when to pass to a better placed team-mate, I'd be gutted if we end up selling him and he goes on to bang in goals for his new team while we struggle for goals, that'll be quite sad.

And, if I was Emenalo, I'd keep him - and let him play centre forward, behind Torres - in that order.

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Date:Sunday June 10 2012
Time: 12:16PM


I would give him one season as a CF and let him prove himself
10/06/2012 12:40:00
If he can work on his link up play and learn how to pass and play with the team like Torres does, he will end up being one of the best CF in the world as he is full of potentials. He needs to sit down and work on himself and stop thinking he is CR7 or Messi already.
10/06/2012 12:42:00
Deserves a chance in the CF position. Just needs to learn how to pass.
10/06/2012 12:55:00
Sturridge is a boy beaming with lotta potentials, we all know that, don't we? I used to rate him ahead the other Danny (Welbeck) but forgive me if I change my opinion of him. The reason being that his link up play is poor, compared to Welbeck's own. That again can be forgiven because he is just a boy who wants to impress. I will say- keep him, play him as a Centre forward and make him prove himself worthy of the position. Anything short of improvement, he is doomed to follow our flushed talents...... Sinclair, Borini, Stoch et al.
10/06/2012 12:55:00
Hopefully Danny realizes now after being left out of the England squad and being benched the last couple of months in the league that he has to change his style of play. Play with your head up and get it in your head that an assist is a valuable as a goal. If he does this he could be a truly great player, and for this reason I hope we'll keep him for at least another season.
10/06/2012 12:57:00
Honestly I‘m tired of seeing all these articles that bash the youth. If they dont do a Maradonna/Messi/Bekenbaur/Kean/Xavi in a 15 minute 2 game appearance all season, LOAN OR SELL HIM! The term LOAN has become a euphemism of GET RID OF here in VC. Its shamefull, deplorable & quite frankly sad. Ironically it has come back to haunt us, people are just too emotional to see it. Remember towards the tail end of the season when the tabliods were reporting that we were advised to buy HAZARD when he was 15/16? We refused only to spend 32mill on him. Imagine if we didnt buy Kakuta & he was left to grow. We would most probably have paid 32/34mill for him. Now we want to buy 3 Belgian siblings. What will become of them? You guessed it, LOAN EM, LOAN EM AGAIN, THEN BUY AN EXACT EXPENSIVE REPLICA OF THEM & SELL THEM FOR CHEAP! Why do youngsters even bother to come to CFC anyways?
10/06/2012 13:05:00
Borini is better than Danny @CF
10/06/2012 13:21:00
i remember his stunner of a back heeled goal against Sunderland. average players can never do such amazing things. @SameX said it... thats all he needs to do. he has everything else.
Blue Boy
10/06/2012 13:24:00
The new manager(hopefully RDM) should tell him he has till January to prove himself,improve his linkup play,passing and team playing, or we will get another young CF in the January window and he will rot on the bench.
10/06/2012 13:28:00
And lets stop saying Danny is still young, he is almost 23, he is too old to be poor in his link up play, speed of tought and passing. Feruz is only 16 and his link up play is like a veteran's. Danny is older than Hazard,Neymar,Piazon,Reus and their build up play is far better than his. He needs to put his head down and work on himself cos i believe he has potentials to be one of the best CF in the world. I really like Welbeck cos he is a team player, works hard for the team, is humble and brilliant, Danny should learn from him.
10/06/2012 13:34:00
This guy has actually PASSED when he's on the field recently, he doesn't get started cause his defensive abilities ain't that good AND he isn't consisted all match.
10/06/2012 13:35:00
I dnt think we need to sign another striker esp if we get hulk. Torres, Danny and lukaku shld be our strikers nxt season. Hulk can play there too if need be. Danny shld not be sold at any cost.
10/06/2012 13:52:00
Fair enough slating his link up play!! But he is playing on the wing! He's a striker. He's link up play as a center forward would differ. He would pass the ball backwards or sideways and then make runs into the box his greediness would help him as he would passing the ball to players for them to pass back to jim when he's in a better position.. when on the wing he couldn't do that. It was either go for goal or play other players in which he clearly doesn't have the vision to do regularly!!
10/06/2012 14:17:00
See everyone is bashing how the club loan, loan and loan again. But I honestly think there must be change right around the corner because otherwise the youth wouldn't be signing for us. I mean, Bamford and the three Musonda brothers both had the choice to sign for Arsenal (who are great at bringing youth into their first team, and for some reason their loanees always get playing time) but opted for us so surely they must have been told about some new plan to integrate youth. That, or we will continue to waste young players and it's all gonna be very painful as we will have to watch the brightest youngsters in the world waste away at Vitesse and other clubs on loan.
10/06/2012 14:22:00
guys guess what? I was checkin vital manu for modric rumours and i saw redhotspur marketing muller even ther!! seems to be muller's agent! LOL!
10/06/2012 14:52:00
Must say I totally agree. I would hate to sell him as I have no doubt he will more than shine at any other club. I've always admired him and truly hope he stays.
10/06/2012 14:53:00
i think that abramovich likes a big name striker and he his desperate for torres to get back to his best,as i do,and i just cant see danny getting anywhere at this club.
10/06/2012 15:05:00
@Adwaitlovechelsea.Lolz!!! Redhotspurs123 is surely muller's agent!
Krested Kal-el
10/06/2012 15:38:00
Keep him. I'm a big fan of Danny. However his main prob seems to be himself. He had a storming first half of the season but constantly complained he wasn't starting up front. Had he kept his head down i'm sure his link up play would become better and i have no doubt he would be in the England team now pushing Milner if not starting. If we loan Lakaku (something we shouldn't do) then he should be 2nd striker behind Torres and see what he does.
10/06/2012 15:47:00
We as the fans should kneel down and thank our lucky stars we're blessed with a talent like Danny Sturridge, the coach should figure out how to make him a more rounded player and convince him that assists are worth more than shots on target and and if he learns to cross he will increase his marketability and his value to both club and country by being proficient in both his favored position and as an inverted winger, the club should do all they can to make him understand that he is of critical value to the club as he is a very talented English youngster with a big upside in terms of resell value, and pr value owing to his nationality, and he the player should appreciate that he has the opportunity to be an integral part of our club's history. He can build something here and he must just do all that he can for chelsea and then he will have a legion of fans, perhaps even generation of fans in the same vein as lampard or osgood for chelsea; rush or barnes for liverpool. He is at a big club and competition will be tough, but that is merely an opportunity to become better, not to become a selfish player to pad your stats to justify playing time.
10/06/2012 16:02:00
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