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Let me start by saying this article will not be a Torres bashing article but one to outline why Sturridge, at this moment, is better for Chelsea FC then Torres.

I believe, based on Torres play in the past 2 years, he has done a great job to outline better than any article can why any promising striker should be starting over him. Honestly I think it's a disservice to Sturridge to suggest he should be playing only because Torres is doing so poorly.

The truth is, Danny should be playing because his good enough to and the boy will score. I have seen the comments stating that he hasn't done anything at Chelsea to showcase his ability. Well I'm one of the Chelsea fan that doesn't suffer from selective amnesia because I don't like something about a player.

At this time last year Danny was scoring goals for fun when few players in our team were. Now I know after the Christmas break the goals did slow down, that's really when we started to see some of the weakness in Daniel`s game.

For one his decision-making is questionable, while at times instead of shooting he should pass. But really as young players whose game is still developing that's nothing that can't be fixed by a good manager. Danny`s goal against Birmingham City kept us in the FA Cup, he was our top scorer while playing out of position, 8 goals in 12 games for Bolton, 2goals 5 games for team GB after battling meningitis.

His pace and ball control and dribbling ability make him a huge threat and his ability to take on players whilst also finishing chances in the box make him as dangerous as a young Torres. I do believe he can score lots of goals for Chelsea at the centre-forward position if giving the opportunity at the starting line-up.

A lot of fans pointed to the Capitol One Cup v United to say he`s not good enough but is it really fair to judge a player who was coming off an injury who was starting his first game of the season based on one match.

Daniel is not a super sub his one of those players who thrives on confidence and the rhythm of the game playing week in and week out. So we can't even judge him on his 15, 10, 6 minutes cameos.

'I don't need anyone to tell me I am great or that I am fantastic, I just need to play,'

Sturridge said.

'I need the opportunity and that is when you get your own confidence.

'Didier Drogba always said to me: 'Studge, it doesn't really matter about anything as long as you believe in yourself'. And that's my main strength'

'If anyone says to you that if they don't play they are fine, it is a lie. I do not believe it is easy to not play and then switch it on like a light'.

'You can't do that. You have to play regularly. You have to be able to replicate what you've been doing week in, week out'

'Some players can come off the bench and play well. Some players cannot. Some players can have an impact and score. Some cannot. Everyone is different'

Let's hope Di Mateo give the kid the chance I believe he deserves.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday November 13 2012
Time: 4:40PM


@Blue yank i actually agree with you that Sturridge has not been given a fair shake this season...i dont think he is sufficient for us as a lone striking option but his playing time i dont think has been well handled by RDM and now i dont think the boy is interested in the Chelsea project any longer,...i just feel he is is going through the motions waiting for January to come at which point he will move is telling that despite repeated moves from the board he has refused to sit down to sign a new deal with us..he no longer sees us as his future and this shows in how RDM uses him..he is only played as an absolute last resort when all else fails..unfortunate but this is the reality right now..we are entirely dependent on El Nino as our lone striker option till January...may the Good Lord help us and have mercy so we can just hang on till then.
13/11/2012 17:53:00
I'm not saying Danny is good..... but till we get an intelligent and deadly striker, we should play Danny instead of Torres........ I know KAKU and some others probably would disagree, but we shoild ******** try this shoit man !....... I mean, we have nothing to lose..... in most matches, we play with 10 man from the beginning !.......... lets just give the guy some footy time...... it can't be worse than playing with 10 man !
The Persian
13/11/2012 20:02:00
he should start against westbrom.
13/11/2012 21:24:00
Not to mention joint top scorer last season despite playing 1 game as a St all season and the rest as a winger, and being marginilised towards the end fo the season. Despite apparent flaws in his game (no player is perfect), if nothing more he has proved in the past that he has an eye for goal and given consistant game time he will bang them in. Im sure if he had had the number of starts up front that Torres has had in the last 2 seasons his stats would be far different. Even to those unlike me that dont rate him, what is Torres doing to warrant his place over him? A big transfer fee, wage and name? Why should he NOT be given a chance? What does he need to do to prove himself? If he is not given minutes on the pitch how can he do it? Many claim he is not good enough, despite him having only a couple of starts as a striker for Chelsea. How can you judge on that? What does Torres offer than Sturridge doesnt. Sturridge has more pace, tricks, better shot, more confidence, longer range shot, shoot with both feet. Torres perhaps has a better pass, but for gods sake we are talking about a striker not a playmaker.. I love RDM and what he is doing but if there is one gripe I have right now, it is Sturridge not getting an oppurtunity..
13/11/2012 22:17:00
Sturridge is good at 1v1 situations. How many has Torres fluffed? I like Torres still and I will continue to back him, but please RDM, at least give Sturridge SOME game time, and if Torres is playing kack, then bring him on with more than 10 minutes remaining.. I had looked up some minutes numbers and commented on another thread. Torres = over 1500 minutes of play time already this season, Sturridge 200 odd. Rediculous. For keeping Torres fresh if nothing more this needs to change. I had hoped given our striking options this year that Sturridge would actually get a run of games. People are applauding what Lukaku is doing and how he is developing at West Brom. Sturridge was far better at Bolton, and yet is still starved of game time.. Wonder if same will happen with Lukaku?
13/11/2012 22:22:00
And maybe contractual issues would have been solved long ago if the club and coach showed a bit of faith in the kid. As much as it pains me, if I were him I would want to get the heck out..
13/11/2012 22:24:00
Why does KAKU have to be mentioned with anything in regards to Sturridge?
14/11/2012 01:11:00
Kaku - Lolololol!!!!!!
14/11/2012 01:48:00
Here is the thing about Danny, HE IS NOT A NUMBER 9. He scored from the wing. He is too left footed for a central striker. Very few left footer have made it as a proper #9. RVN is one who comes to mind. I think first Danny has to understand that there is no coach out there willing to play him as a #9. At city it was the same, for England its the same, Chelsea same, Bolton same. Are you seriously telling me that all these great coaches were stupid, there is a reason they they didnt play him where he wants. Its time to grow up a realize that if he needs game time he will have to play where the coaches want. And sulking will only result in more sulking on the bench. Thre is no team excerpt Liverpool who will take him if he keeps whining about a central role, where he is not suited and on the few occassions he has come off the bench and got his wish, he really hasnt showed much. He is great wide and taking on players and cutting inside and shooting.. zits time to wake up one day he will wake up and realize he has wasted 3 years of his life.
14/11/2012 02:07:00
@Faara23 - No they are not stupid, they did exactly what I would have except, for RDM. Accelotti had Drogba, Anelka, Kalou all ahead of him in the pecking order and later Torres. Whom would you rely on to get you the goals? A very young and raw Sturridge or the battle hardened and journeyman boys that have done it all to often in the past? AVB used him wide as he lacked real wingers and saw that he was good enough. There was still Drogba, Torres and Anelka to start with whom are all proven so would naturally be used first to spearhead the attack. Thats why he was sent on loan for 6 months as a striker with Bolton and did very well. One can argue that was as a two man strike force which it was, but whose to say he cant work as s single striker? He certainly believes he can. Has he had his chances? NO. He was not a winger at Bolton. He played Striker at City (all be it not often but did well enough for us to sign the young talent) as far as Im aware he was only a winger under AVB.
14/11/2012 02:14:00
Whether you rate him or not, does he not at least does a crack whilst Torres struggles to get goals?
14/11/2012 02:21:00
Change Sturridge's Nationality to Brazil or Spain and you will see RDM play him as CF immediately. I think RDM's issue with Sturridge has to do more with perception than Sturridge's ability... We are neither giving him an opportunity to prove his ability nor improve it.. so why was he kept as the 2nd striker? don't get it? poor planning....
14/11/2012 03:03:00
For all those who call Sturridge a $hit player I'm yet to hear a footballing reason why they believe so. His goals/minutes played ration is just about twice better than a 50Mil overpaid flop
14/11/2012 06:29:00
For all his selfishness the man was in our top3 goal scorers last season having basically played half the season...if that's being selfish then I'll gladly accept it wholeheartedly than some "selfless" flop who gets paid handsomely to be discussing his affairs in the media constantly (he seems to have taken the mantle from Lamps)
14/11/2012 06:33:00
What makes me so sad about the big wigs on VC is that, they won't see reason (just once) to other fans opinions who raise worthy points, I can't believe how a sane person would still argue that we should play torres continously without any alternative when we keep failing when we keep our faith in him, its beats my imagination really, I won't say anything and complain if rdm keeps introducing studge in the 65-75th minute consistently in all of our games, then we'll have a clearer picture of things by now, but we keep playing el nino again and again in all of our games and sub him off only in the 85th minute without any improvement. That is the root of my frustration and I can't wait for january to come.
14/11/2012 07:26:00
I dont hate nando, he is only 28 and if he is to go the drogba way, he still have atleast 6 years of football for us at the highest level, but I don't think majority of the fans want him at chelsea till that time except he hits a rich vein of form for us. No sane fan will want him to fail, if torres finds a way to score regularly till january, u'll see some fans argue that we don't need any other striker, that is how much he is loved.
14/11/2012 07:30:00
I had so much hope on the torres but He has turned out to be the most selfish player that ever wore the blue shirt, that alone is enough to keep him on th bench till he learn some footballing sense. I would rather have Moses in the CF positon over Studge. watching him is a very painful experience for any person tht knows football. Give Studge a simple pass and be sure he will try some silly moves and lose the ball. That sot of thing *****es managers off and as long as he continues that way he will keep finding himself lower on the pecking order.
14/11/2012 08:33:00
so much hope on Sturidge I meant
14/11/2012 08:35:00
is RDM waiting for Roman to visit Cobham again to effect positive changes??
14/11/2012 08:56:00
@mq,u are spot on,i would prefer a selfish sturridge than a selfless torres...if a striker scorin goals(doin his job) is perceivd to be selfish,then i would gladly have welcome his selfishness
14/11/2012 09:33:00
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