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Good Luck Studge

Daniel Sturridge was the nearly man at Chelsea it has to be said.

Bought from Man City in 2009, he showed a decent amount of promise for a young Englishman. Though sadly in his first season (09/10), opportunities for minutes on the pitch were limited, what with the 39-goal season Didier Drogba had along with stellar performances from Malouda and Anelka alongside him.

When Sturridge did manage to get some game time, he didn't exactly blow any of us away shall we say. It wasn't until the season after where Danny really showed everyone what he's capable of. His performances for Chelsea improved in 10/11, however, the same problem persisted, a lack of available game time.

So, Sturridge went to Ancelotti and asked for a January loan, at first the club declined, but after a second request, Studge was off to Bolton to join up with Owen Coyle. And so his career suddenly took off, impressing hugely for his temporary club and receiving much praise from Coyle in the process.

He left Bolton having scored 8 goals in 12 appearances. Suddenly Chelsea were taking notice. During the summer of 2011, there was much talk of where Sturridge would play. On VC, the majority agreed that he had done enough to earn a place in the side, but most were unwilling to drop the likes of Drogba and Torres to find him a place.

New gaffer AVB found a solution however, playing him on the right wing, and although our season soon started to nose-dive with AVB in charge, it's fair to say that his management of Sturridge worked a charm. He netted 11 goals in the first half of the season alone, including an impressive back-heel against Sunderland on his first app of the season, an equalizer at Spurs, and two against former club Bolton. Not bad for a winger!

Things, as you know, changed in the second half of 11/12. AVB was sacked and Robbie Di Matteo took over, and things started to slow down for Sturridge. It was obvious Di Matteo preferred a more defensive line-up and so played Ramires and Kalou ahead of Danny. We all remember how that season turned out, winning the Champions League and FA Cup, but unfortunately for Sturridge, he wasn't really part of either triumph.

The following summer arrived and exit talks began to surface. It came to light that Sturridge wanted to play as a centre-forward after the departure of Drogba and was to hold out for an opportunity to challenge for that position. But due to injury and the fact that Torres started the season pretty well, that chance never really came for Sturridge. And there we have it, his Liverpool move was more-or-less sealed after that.

A summary of his career at Chelsea might seem somewhat pointless, but I just want to put everything in perspective for my final two paragraphs. For me, it's unfortunate that Sturridge didn't succeed with us. I still think he is a tremendous talent. Yes, we all discussed at length the numerous problems he had with his game, his apparent selfishness, his lack of awareness, his decision making and his inability to track back and defend. But still, there was/is huge potential there.

He has more flair than any other England player for me and hopefully will find a way to make it on the International stage. In the end, the biggest problem he had was deciding what position he wanted to play, in my opinion. He saw himself as an out-and-out striker, but for me he's far better starting from wide. Not necessarily as a winger per se, but possibly as one of two strikers, starting from wide and coming inside.

His lack of strength and hold-up play makes it near impossible to consider him for the lone-striker position, something he was apparently striving for, while all his attributes point to him playing from wide: Blistering pace, great flair and ability to beat his marker, a great snap shot. For me, it was Sturridge's inability to realize this, which was his biggest downfall.

But for the people who called him arrogant or petulant or immature really do need a slap. This is a man, a young man, who played, next to no part in the business end of the greatest season in Chelsea's history. This is a man who was very much in the side and was one of the stars of our team in the first half of 11/12, but come the second half, he resided on the bench. He went from main-man to unused sub. He played no part in either Semi Final against Barcelona, no part in the FA Cup semi-final against Spurs, no part in the FA Cup final against Liverpool and of course, no part against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

He was our top scorer last season, yet wasn't involved in any of our glorious moments. He missed out on a place at the Euro's because of his lack of game time under RDM! But did he complain? Feck no! Did he sulk? Feck no! Many of us in his situation would be more than pissed off, but Sturridge gracefully and maturely just got on with things. And I for one respect the hell out of that. He's not immature, he's not petulant, he may have an air of arrogance about him on the pitch, but as a person he's upstanding. I'm sorry it didn't work out Danny, best of luck to you at Liverpool. Thanks again.

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Writer: hazzabee Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 2 2013

Time: 4:40PM

Your Comments

Good Luck Studge...I hope Liverpoo appreciate you better then we ever did!
I just never got the feel that Sturride was a team player..Best for both club and Sturride that he moves on...Thanks for your service...See ya.....
I wish him all the best of luck but of course not against us. I just hope we inserted a buy back clause on him lest we pay 50 million to get him back when he begins haunting us.
Sturridge will play under a coach that is good at bringing the best out of youngsters, there won't be much competition, he will play with less pressure, if u think liverpool don't know what they are doing, then u need to sit upright and look at what the pace and trickery of rahim sterling,luis suarez and daniel sturridge will bring.
he was the right person but he didnt got oppurtunity and the person who got it was....let it sick of him...
Danny made the best decision for his career...i think Rodgers will help prune some of those excesses and take his game to another he obviously has a lot of faith in youngsters..Liverpool are getting things right slowly...I see them building from the scratch..things will get a lot more interesting pretty soon....all the best danny, no hard feelings.
wish him well but please dont score against us lol
wish him well but please dont score against us lol
Made some profit on him and he has his chance to improve as a footballer. Not forgetting that he scored a few goals along the way, best of luck!
Goodluck Danny. Hope you hit double figures.
For me danny and walcot are 2 english men who will do whatever at their disposal to prove their point,which for me its not bad if you believe in yourself.i feel bad he has left but let move on.all the best boi
For me danny and walcot are 2 english men who will do whatever at their disposal to prove their point,which for me its not bad if you believe in yourself.i feel bad he has left but let move on.all the best boi
For me danny and walcot are 2 english men who will do whatever at their disposal to prove their point,which for me its not bad if you believe in yourself.i feel bad he has left but let move on.all the best boi
finally the guy left so am very very happy about that hope we get abetter player than him
good luck to cfc players
good luck to cfc players
Excellent Piece Hazzabee...well written, balanced and factual. I too join others in saying a fond adieu to Danny. I like Hazzabee feel that the lad did not get a fair shake with us but i think this is all for the best..both for him and us. Brendan Rodgers and the Liverpool project is an excellent place for him to go where he will grow. I wish him the very best except for those times when our paths cross with Liverpool. On those occasions like any true blue i would hope he has an off day.
All the best fella.
RDM to blame for this.
It's a pity we didn't use the chance to develop him and enjoy the benefits...time will tell
I hope we don't regret this
good luck studge but hope you don't score against us
Danny had a lot to offer, but like they say, the sun don't shine, the sun don't shine! Anyways on our new signing ba; word has it rafa doesnt want him and told the board that much, and gone further by suggesting he wants negrado instead
pego sama
Nice piece... It really pains me that we let a talent like Sturridge leave... but it's the right move for him and I really wish him all the best in his career. A manager like SAF would have managed Sturridge properly and bring the best out of him, RDM almost ruined his career, he didn't treat Sturridge well at all...
Sturridge will always be the nearly man, Citeh also get a cut of the fee. Will Liverpool play him often, don't think so.
Good Luck to sturride. Definitely RDM saw something in him that stopped from using him. He was a potential when he came to chelsea, and leaves still as a potential. Very bad that none of our managers were able to develop him except AVB to a extent. We are losing a Home Grown player and replacing him with a non-home grown player in Ba....ANyway, wish happy playing at liverpool, but i dont wish that he doesn't score against us...Let him score and enjoy his game...
whatever be the case, at the end the decisions by the board has proved to be right one player & manager contracts...I dont remember a player who became world class after leaving us (except robben)
It wasnt rdm's fault sturridge wasnt given a fair chance,he get injured long term whenever its time to grab his chance(wolves and juve games)..goodluck to him at liverpul but definitely not against us
Ken4CFC, it was RDM who didn't play him. He stuck with Torres no matter what. We all know what happened to RDM for trusting in Torres.
Fv,rdm didnt stick with torres,the board did..rdm wanted falcao instead he was torres was forced down his throat as our main striker,so had to play torres and sturridge constant injuries meant he had to play torres even more
Good luck and wish you all the best in your career.
Whenever Danny was on the pitch playing for Chelsea,immediately after every game in which he features,some members of VC almost crucified him,all of a sudden he is receiving all the accolades as if they stood by him all the way when he was with us*SMH*
He also scored on his debut for Liverpool. Hope he does well in his new role
He also scored on his debut for Liverpool. Hope he does well in his new role

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