West Brom’s loan signing of Brummie born striker Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool could be a master stroke by the club. I say could because he has been cursed with injuries over the last few years.
However when he does play he scores goals at a rate of around 1 in just over 2 games. In 86 games for the Merseysiders he scored 40 goals- but that was over five and a half seasons. That is not his fault though as he has been hampered by injury after injury.
Daniel is without doubt a prolific goal scorer with 21 goals in 29 games his best return and that was in 2013/14 season. He started off as a youngster in the Aston Villa academy where he spent four years before moving to Coventry and them on to Manchester City.
He has played in the Premier League for Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool and add to that he’s played at every level for England winning 26 full caps-that shows his pedigree.
He went out on loan once before when Chelsea let him move to Bolton who were in the Premier league at the time. He scored 8 goals in 12 appearances for the trotters. A similar strike rate for Albion would surely ease all fears of relegation. Let’s hope we see him doing his trademark jig goal dance celebration in from of the Brummie Road and Smethwick Ends plenty of times between how and May.
I just hope Alan Pardew plays him in his preferred position up front alongside Salomon Rondon in a two pronged attack rather than as a winger which happened a lot at Liverpool. Without doubt it is one of the most exciting signings at the Baggies for a long time and he does not come cheap commanding top wages and that shows the club can and will be competitive in the wages market for the best.