The failure to even complete the Daniel Sturridge on Monday was the real proverbial kick in the wotsits after the circus that led up to it.

After Mike Ashley’s people briefed the media that he was going to back Rafa Benitez with a £20m striker, a £12m bid for Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen followed.

With the Dutch club laughing at Newcastle’s ‘derisory’ offer, media friendly to Ashley then reported that Newcastle were ‘refusing to be held to ransom’.

This is usually known as ‘refusing to pay the asking price’.

A typical wideboy, Mike Ashley always expects to buy cheap and sell high, having to ‘win’ when it comes to every transfer.

After the Jorgensen deal faded into the distance, Newcastle were then linked with a series of other strikers from increasingly weaker leagues, people living in dreamland if thinking an average striker in the Czech Republic’s domestic league could suddenly take the Premier league instantly by storm.

So why didn’t Newcastle go for England international and proven Premier League striker Daniel Sturridge in the first place?

Well, much as I think he was worth a punt (on one leg he’d be arguably more use than Newcastle’s current ‘goalscorers’), you do have to look at his quite amazing injury record.

This is no defence of Ashley and his minions’ failure to get the deal done but relying on Sturridge staying fit would be a massive leap of faith.

The forward turns 29 this year and yet only twice in his career has he managed to start more than 12 league games in a season (out of the last 138 PL games at Liverpool he has started 30).

Listed below are his 25 (TWENTY FIVE) absences through injury/illness (source for info is Soccerway) since the start of the 2011/12 season, which includes 20 since joining Liverpool in 2013.

Far be it for me to wish Alan Pardew and Daniel Sturridge bad luck…well with this background I doubt if it will be needed.

Daniel Sturridge absences through injury/illness since 2011/12 (inclusive):

Hamstring  (07/12/17 –  27/01/18)

Thigh Muscle Strain (01/08/17 – 17/08/17)

Groin/Pelvis Injury (16/04/1 – 30/04/17)

Hip/Thigh Injury  (28/02/17 – 04/04/17)

Ankle/Foot Injury (02/01/17 – 06/01/17)

Calf/Shin Injury   (19/11/16 – 17/12/16)

Knock (16/09/16 – 22/09/16)

Hamstring  (06/12/15 – 04/02/16)

Ankle/Foot Injury (25/11/15 – 27/11/15)

Knee Injury (13/10/15 – 19/11/15)

Hip/Thigh Injury  (08/04/15 – 18/09/15)

Thigh Muscle Strain (17/11/14 – 28/01/15)

Calf Muscle Strain (15/10/14 – 16/11/14)

Thigh Muscle Strain (07/09/14 – 14/10/14)

Hamstring  (13/04/14 – 24/04/14)

Ankle Ligaments (26/11/13 – 08/01/14)

Hip/Thigh Injury  (01/09/13 – 14/09/13)

Ankle Ligaments (29/05/13 – 04/08/13)

Hamstring  (19/02/13 – 08/03/13)

Hip/Thigh Injury  (03/02/13 – 15/02/13)

Hamstring  (18/11/12 – 11/12/12)

Hamstring  (16/09/12 – 18/10/12)

Broken Toe (12/08/12 – 17/08/12)

Viral Meningitis  (02/07/12 – 23/07/12)

Knee Injury (20/09/11 – 26/09/11)

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  • ghostrider

    Any striker as a loan signing who is capable would be fine.
    As I said previously about him. I’d have Sturridge on his £120,000 a week but I wasn’t happy with a 1.5 million extra, although I’d have accepted that on one condition. That his wages reflect his fitness to play for us.
    Basically we pay as he plays, or Liverpool take up the slack.

    I’m not bothered about missing out though as I still believe we have a decent enough squad to more than comfortably get out of relegation trouble if played correctly. Something Rafa clearly isn’t doing.

    • JonMag

      you`ve clearly lost the plot if you think we have the players to survive.
      you only have to look at the strikers to know they just aren`t good enough

      • Mitros gotta start

        They are…Rafa the liar just wont pick the best one

        • JonMag

          put it this way i`d rather play one of our wingers as a striker rather than Joselu

          • Martin Rooney

            Kennedy, did we really need a replacement for atsu Murphy Ritchie Aarons and nowceven haidara?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            the manager must think so

          • Danimal

            He’s just signing whatever he’s allowed to. Which isn’t much. Feeding on scraps.

          • mentalman

            if he’s just signing whoever he is allowed to then why is he still here?

          • Danimal

            No idea, I expect he’ll be gone soon. The whole thing looks and feels like one of those SD closing down sales.

          • HarryHype59

            There are at least five million reasons.

          • mentalman

            exactly

          • Peaky Magpie

            Devils advocate but who says they’ll all be here by Feb 1st.
            Ritchie must be worth a few bob.

          • Martin Rooney

            I think it’s clear I’m an optimist but that would stretch it with 25 in the squad and one in already with Colback already a none squad member taking tens of thousands per week it is highly likely that we will see a departure or two or three or four, thing is it looks like the high wages they get at NUFC is having an impact.
            Maybe thats why they (players):
            A. Are reluctant to leave,
            B. Reluctant to come as the club is trying to reverse that and agents are holding out.
            Who knows its all a load of **** and balls, I’d have been happy with the likes of Ulloa and Okazaki, to replace the misfiring duo up front. Or play Mitro

        • mus

          why would sturridge want to play for a manager who didnt want him at chelsea and eventually got rid of him

        • Jezza

          Just out of interest, were you at the FA Cup tie at Oxford last season?

      • ghostrider

        They are good enough.
        The issue is in not playing them or not using them properly.
        When you saturation train your squad for defensive mindset you’re going to struggle when offensive opportunities present themselves.
        It’s as clear to see as anyone need to see.
        Gayle at Chelsea was a classic example of confidence shot to pieces.
        Mitrovic left to fester in the cold.
        Joselu made to work like a chicken chaser and steel door for battering.

        We have the players to provide and to take many teams to task but they’re stifled and it’s clear to see on the pitch.
        Deny it if you want to but it’s in your face.

  • JonMag

    Sturridge is a car crash that`s happened, i don`t think he`ll complete a handful of games for WBA, i think we dodged the bullet on this one.
    Sandro Ramirez lurks in the background, another Spanish striker that can`t score goals

    • Jezza

      We won’t even get Sandro because Ashley won’t be prepared to pay Hippo Head’s bung.

      • Peaky Magpie

        🤣😂🤣

  • Jezza

    Sour grapes. Sturridge even with his injury record would have still been a hundred times better than any striker we have got at the club. Even if he had played in half of our remaining games his presence would have greatly enhanced our chances of avoiding relegation. See how we get on with the striker signing that was always Ashley’s preferred option for this window…..nobody.

    • JonMag

      i would agree he`s a different class but can he maintain his fitness, i have major doubts on that

    • Desree

      We don’t need him to start games, just score in them.

      Only another 36 hours to go.

      • Jezza

        You might as well abandon all hope now. It is 7 years and 13 transfer windows since Newcastle last signed a player on deadline day. By my reckoning NUFC have only ever signed two players on deadline day in the fat slug’s time here, both loans and both for players who hardly kicked a ball for the club. Ignacio Gonzales in August 2008 and Stephen Ireland in January 2011. History shows that NUFC sell far more players than they sign on deadline days under the fat slug.

        • Kneebotherm8

          13 transfer windows?…..unlucky for us.

    • Kneebotherm8

      World cup coming up……..for Sturridge……point to prove?

  • Martin Rooney

    Just wouldn’t touch him plus I remember him taunting a section in the milburn set aside for guests of returning military from Iraq and afghan after scoring for Bolton deliberately went right in front and offered the glory of his goal to his god, which ever figment that maybe.

    • Jezza

      Are you really saying that having respect for squaddies is more important than the ability to score the goals that could save our Premiership status?

      • Martin Rooney

        Given what they are prepared to do, give up their life for others, and witness the friends and colleagues do so, an emphatic YES.

        • Jezza

          The only thing they are giving their lives and killing for is US oil profits.

  • Leicester Mag

    How about the 25 times Ashley and his toy Muppets have let down /lied, discredited and generally damaged our club? That said why stop at 25? No doubt another 2 days of Muppet hubris won’t hurt eh?

  • thewildchimp

    Should’ve been approached from the get go, I agree. But doesn’t have a resell value. The dire question looms in the air: if we aren’t able to compete with WBA for a sidelined and injury prone forward – how are we gonna get anyone decent in the future?
    Or maybe he just felt a bit nostalgic about his mam’s cuisine?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      we aren`t able to compete with anyone because Fatso has no intention of spending millions on strikers

      • Danimal

        Or pennies.

    • kingfisher

      Or more likely chimp, he didn’t want to come anywhere near this joke of a club.I would love to have been a fly on the wall when Pardspew met Sturridge and talked him out of coming up here.I bet he didn’t hold back on slagging us off !

      • thewildchimp

        Yeah, what I’m really interested in is: why. Do managers and players see us as a big club in bigger problems, or just a pile of sh’te?

        • kingfisher

          BOTH !

  • csh

    Sturridge is water under the bridge. He didn’t sign for us, we move on.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      move onto the next one we aren`t going to sign, click bait in the media for the fools

      • csh

        I’m past the point of getting excited by rumours any more. Names are mentioned, often false links and people (ie The Mag) get all bent out of shape when they don’t sign (a la this article). It isn’t worth it, FCB has sucked any enthusiasm out of the transfer window for me.

        • magpiefifer

          Agreed.Think I’ll go to bed and waken up on 1 Feb – and see that nothing has changed,but at least I won’t have gone through the purgatory that is another Ashley transfer window fiasco!

      • thewildchimp

        Indeed. Whenever there are talks, rumors, articles, we never sign anyone. If we do, it’s: BAM, “player XY signed, is coming tomorrow”. So I visit for the “would he be good for us” banter.

  • kingfisher

    Here’s a quote from the BBC sport website: This is a big coup for us. He has fantastic talent,” said West Brom boss Alan Pardew.

    Birmingham-born Sturridge said: “I’ve got friends here I’ve played with before. The manager spoke very well, the challenge with the team and the style of play – I just felt this was the right fit for me”. Same old shyte 😨

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Pardewed & stretchered off in his 1st game

      • kingfisher

        Let’s hope so, Moose 🤣

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Pardewed is a certainty

  • David S

    I think Daniel Sturridge’s problems are as much in his head as in his body (Klopp has said as much). I doubt we’d have got more than a couple of games out of him. He might offer a bit more to WBA. Moving back closer to family and friends might help him get/keep his head straight.

    • Danimal

      Sod’s law. He’ll do 14 games for them, score regularly (including at our place) and keep them up comfortably.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Bound to happen…written in the stars.

    • Guest 2

      If he’s got problems in his head then just wait until Apr 28th when they come up here. If he’s fit and playing and hasn’t been Pardewed then he’s going to get a right roasting.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Sturridge has never been the same player since Suarez left and hardly plays.
    The dutch guy was not worth fifteen million which we bid never mind twenty think he cost his club two million we have enough quality to stay up but a couple of signings would be good for team spirit.

    • HarryHype59

      For once we are in agreement. It is however, essential we bring in a better quality striker in the 38 hours that are left in this window!

      Failure to do this will result in Mandy offering £100m for the club in May, when it is back in the Championship.

      • Guest 2

        You’re clearly as stupid as he is then. If you agree with him that we have enough quality already then why do you also suggest we’ll be relegated if we don’t buy a striker?
        Two villages are missing idiots – go home.

        • HarryHype59

          Actually idiot, I don’t think we are good enough. Which you would grasp if you had a higher reading age!

          Where I do (for once) agree with him, is the that the club dodged a bullet buying an over priced player from the Eredivisie and loaning the injury prone Sturridge.

          This transfer has been the usual reactive fiasco it always is under Ashley.

          Unless a quality striker is brought in the Championship beckons! Is that clear enough for you?

    • robbersdog

      The Dutch guy is actually a Danish guy.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Dutch league two million pounds player.

    • magpiefifer

      We DON’T have enough quality to stay up!
      Also,with our relegation opposition strengthening their squads we are,once again,going backwards.

    • Guest 2

      You can’t even get the players nationality right so please, stop posting your numpty opinions.
      Your comment on another article only 12 hours ago – “Why pay twenty million for a striker who might not even do it in the Premier League and Sturridge is no good in a poor team.”
      Go home and lick the windows.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Dutch league player two million pounds player not bothered what his nationality is at all it’s which league he is in that counts. Kenedy maybe Brazilian but he has Premier league experience that is what counts the Feyenoord player does not but is probably above your heads.

        • Guest 2

          Oh, go on then genius, outline how much PL experience Kenedy has?
          And why ignore your contradictory post from 12 hours ago where you said we had a poor team?
          You’re a complete moron.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            The reference to a poor team related to Liverpool and West Brom not Newcastle. Liverpool went down hill after Suarez left he faded as a player and he will fare no better at West Brom so it was not a contradictory post. We are better than Everton and West Ham who look like stopping up doing the double over West Ham and streets ahead of Everton on the day at home recently only to lose due to bad luck. Kenedy has sixteen Premiership games under his belt but more important he trained with Premiership players every day and knows what to expect.

          • Guest 2

            Sure. A poor team is LFC?
            Meanwhile, Sturridge would have flourished here surrounded by our ‘quality’ would he?
            Kenedy has appeared only twice for Chelsea since 15/16, both times as a sub.
            He played 90 mins only once during his time with them.
            I think I’ll just block you as well as your idiocy really has no boundaries.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Kenedy has played fifteen premier games for Liverpool and one for Watford plus cup games so he does have experience. Yes Liverpool were poor after Suarez left and so was Sturridge. Also Liverpool are poor now losing two games to Swansea and West Brom with the latter putting thtree goals past them at Anfield in the first half so very poor.

          • Guest 2

            Ah, cheers. Thanks for putting me straight.
            He appeared for 15 mins for Watford when on a season loan.
            I had no clue Kenedy had played for Liverpool. You F’ing coconut!!!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            15 times for Chelsea not Liverpool but he has more experience in training and cup games than a foreign forward who will take time to adjust.

          • Guest 2

            Ah, Cup games. That experience will come in handy here then…
            Moron.

          • Jezza

            Don’t feed the troll, lads.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Leicester have a young striker who i`d go for, pace, power & an eye for goal

    • HarryHype59

      Me too, but the “getting them the line” issue prevents this.

      • Coble’s Return

        I have come to the conclusion that “The Line” is on top of the Himalayas, or somewhere equally inaccessible. Getting over it seems almost impossible.

        • HarryHype59

          But not for other clubs!

          • thewildchimp

            They invest in mountaineering societies.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Yeah its Sherpa Tensing we need……not fckn Penfold..

  • robbersdog

    Far be it for me to wish Alan Pardew and Daniel Sturridge bad luck…well with this background I doubt if it will be needed.

    What a horrible, spiteful little article. Is this how far we’ve sunk? Y’know, hoping that a player who chooses to go elsewhere gets injured?

    F*ck off – we’re better than this.

    • Martin

      Well said. We can’t on the one hand complain what a complete mess the football club is in and on the other hand be surprised when players do not want to join us.

      • Guest 2

        Er, of course we can! Benny from Xroads could run the club better than Ashley.

        • TheFatController

          Actually, Have they been seen in the same room together ever?

          • Peaky Magpie

            🤣😂🤣

          • TheFatController

            I was going to suggest The Mag use a picture of Benny instead of Ashley every time on here.

            But then Ashley apologists would tell me ‘no wonder he doesn’t do anything for the club’…

            Missing the point that, yes, they’re dead right, he does nothing for the club.

          • Peaky Magpie

            I tell you what there’s going to be some highly heated posts on here in the next 48 hrs….I doubled my ‘pendings’ in one afternoon yesterday !

          • TheFatController

            It’s just the anger that we, through hope ahead of logic, ignore The Who mantra ‘won’t get fooled again…!’

            Guess again.

          • Coble’s Return

            You’re telling me – my last two have been referred for moderation.

          • S.G.M.

            Benny really doesn’t deserve that.

    • Jezza

      Agreed 100%. That kind of vitriol should be saved for the one person who deserves it. Don’t blame Daniel Sturrdige for our striker crisis blame the person whose negligence, greed and profiteering created that crisis, Mike Ashley.

  • TheFatController

    Maybe Sturridge should speak to players like Aarons on Pardew’s attitude to playing players that the doctor tells him shouldn’t play…?

  • hetonmag

    Sturridge is just another stat in the Ashley reign, him and his minions have had plenty of time to do any transfer business but they’ve used every delaying trick in the book to do nothing ie- Staveley, breaking the transfer record, leaking info to Sky and the press. Why should we think he would change in this window when the scumbag has a long history doing nothing.

    • TheFatController

      But Ashley controls our costs??

      Haha, ask any CEO in the PL about costs increasing to revenue ratios, and they’ll say ‘just don’t get relegated !’

      Maybe that’s why they don’t gamble on relegation and spend without panic in Windows? Just an idea, kick it about in your head, Mike….

  • S.G.M.

    Sturridge? I’m glad Pardew got him , we definitely dodged a bullet there.

    • HarryHype59

      Knowing our luck he would have got injured in his first game and not played for the rest of the season.

  • kingfisher

    There may be a perfectly logical and practical reason why Sturridge preferred W.B.A to us, but with Ashleys history of lies, dishonesty and failed (?) transfers in the past, our default logic is to blame him ( or Penfold ) !

    At the end of the day, Ashley employed Rafa to do a job, promised him he would supply the tools to do the said job, but went back (lied) on his promises. He deserves all the flak that comes his way !

  • Mrkgw

    A surprising decision by the player, that is for sure. But, we need to rid the club of its disease. Ashley out!

  • Phil Yare

    and he’s still managed to score loads against us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    anyway he’d fit right in, we have a proud history of taking sicknotes and paying them handsomely