Maybe as good a time as any to mention the 25 (TWENTY FIVE) Daniel Sturridge absences through injury
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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