Daniel Sturridge has spoken out in the press this week to talk about his lack of first team chances this season, making his only start in the Capital One Cup win over Manchester united, netting a goal in extra time.
sturridge was in fine form last season under Andre Villas-Boas, scoring 13 times, but has found first team opportunities hard to come by under Roberto Di Matteo, and will need more game time to stay in the England squad. I don´t honestly see why he should be on the bench with the mis-firing Fernando Torres in the fold despite being totally out of form.
Daniel Sturridge was asked if he thought he would score regularly if given a starting place more often and he replied: “I’d hope so. It’s always difficult to say I’d score 20 goals a season,” .
“But if any player’s given a regular run then you’d hope that if they’re playing at a top club and given opportunities to score goals they’d be able to do that.
“I do believe I’m a centre-forward, I do believe I’d be able to help the team win games. Whether I can do that by scoring goals, making assists, just being there, being a physical presence. Whatever I can do to help the team win I’ll try and do that.”
Sturridge has only been used occasionally as a sub for Torres, and he is at least happy that he is getting more chances as an out-and-out striker. Is he surprised that he is not named in the first XI more often? “I don’t know to be honest,” he said. “I do believe I am playing as a centre forward and that is what I want. I am getting my head down and focusing on the game on Wednesday. I am not worrying about the situation at my club. I will get my opportunity at some stage and when I do have my opportunity I will show what I can do. It is difficult to judge me as a player and say my goalscoring record is this or that when I do not play regularly. Not playing regularly is the most difficult thing for anyone to handle.”
Considering the form that Torres is in, surely it can’t hurt to give Sturridge a chance to prove himself?