Newcastle are (allegedly) trying to sign Daniel Sturridge on loan for the rest of the season.

I’m not quite sure what aspect of the transfer story is actually the worst.

It is claimed that the barrier to any deal happening, is that Newcastle United have been shocked to learn that they are expected to pay the striker’s £120,000 a week wages if he signs.

Yes the money that players get paid these days (especially the ones who rarely actually play) is mental but if you are going to borrow one, then it is hardly a revelation that you will be expected to pay for the privilege.

Fair enough maybe if you are a Championship club and a Premier League one are keen to loan their player out to get some games and match fit etc.

However, when it is another Premier League club wanting to take the player, a Premier League club with access to the Premier League riches, then it is simply taking the mick to expect not to pick up the whole wage bill whilst the player is with you.

Plus, the simple fact is, that if the player is of any use then another Premier League club will be happy to meet the full wage cost.

However, on top of the wages issue, I think there is another far more important reason why Newcastle should steer well clear of Daniel Sturridge.

If you take out that 2013/14 season, what has Daniel Sturridge actually achieved?

Sturridge scored 21 goals that season but has never scored more than 11 league goals in any other season.

In 2013/14 he was in that Liverpool team who looked as though they were coasting to the Premier League title, Daniel Sturridge has Suarez and Sterling alongside him, plus the likes of Gerrard and Coutinho in behind – a very impressive line-up when you look back.

People point to him doing well for England but if you check, he has only scored three goals for them since 2014!

In fact, if you compare the goalscoring records of Dwight Gayle and Daniel Sturridge, taking the last three and a half seasons when each have been involved in the Premier League, Gayle has actually scored more goals.

Neither have been automatic regulars in the Premier League in that time and Dwight Gayle has scored 18 Premier League goals for Palace and Newcastle, this season plus 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 (then of course he scored 23 goals despite only 26 starts in the Championship last season).

For Sturridge, he has scored 17 PL goals in these past three and a half seasons since 2013/14.

Newcastle need extra goals, no doubt about it, but Daniel Sturridge isn’t the man to do do it.

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  • Paul Patterson

    £120k???? Sod that. That’s ridiculous.

    • scumtest

      I’d give him double if I knew it was coming out of fat boys account!

  • Dillon Tovak

    Depends on injury. If he stays free of em, he’s worth it.

    • TheNutJob

      you`d have to waterboard Fatty to get that out of him

      • Peaky Magpie

        Hands up I’ll do it !

        • TheNutJob

          Moose would do it & love it, just love it

          • Peaky Magpie

            You’re going to have to pin him down when he’s fit & ready Nutty as he’s going to have a good months worth of fury to unleash !!! Good Luck 😉

      • Rich Lawson

        He’d just drink it all !

  • TheNutJob

    Fatty won`t pay £120,000 a week.

    • Jezza

      He wouldn’t even pay a 120 grand transfer fee.

      • TheNutJob

        there`ll be nowt spent unless we sell & then it`s dubious

  • Peaky Magpie


  • Charlie Dickens

    Other than Charnley and Ashley, who cares about wages dished out for a loan player? I couldn’t care less how much he costs the club on a short term contract. Would make a pleasant change from running the club on a shoestring budget. And despite the statistics, does anybody really believe Dwight Gayle is a better footballer than Daniel Sturridge? I mean, seriously? If the writer really believes that’s the case, then it’s not worth reading his articles.

    • TheNutJob

      Man C has a central defender that has scored more goals than any of our strikers

      • Mxpx

        In fairness Clark and lacelles are giving joselu and gayle a run for their money too

    • Haitchdee

      Dwight Gayle can still do it for us even as a change player from the bench. Sturridge isn’t the answer for me, I would be happy to be proved wrong mind. The big worry has to be last day departures, That could kill us off.

  • TheNutJob

    Man C are willing to give Sanchez a £30m signing on fee & 250 grand a week.

    • Rich Lawson

      And the transfer fee,what happened to FFP,they just keep buying ?

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Man c played a blinder for FFP. They sacked and paid off mancini in 2013 meaning their wage bill was huge in 2013. essentially, clubs can add £7m to their wage bill every year using (guess what year) as the base year. Man C can add £53m to their wage bill in 2018 and still be playing fair, the only other club that can do this is Huddersfield (we can add £7)

  • Keeganontherebound

    Well his salary until the end of the season would add up to about 2.5 million then. For a team that regularly lines up with Joselu up front that looks like a bargain to me. Sturridge is a good player who has had injury/confidence issues and struggled to get a game for Liverpool in the face of stiff competition. It would be a gamble but he might just get his act together with the world cup looming. Let’s face it, we’re going to struggle to do better. Guaranteed goals means shelling out 50m+ these days…

  • Jimmy_toons

    Looks like you’re being a tad economical with the truth and using stats to suit your argument. In the 5 seasons Sturridge has been with the Scousers, he has 48 goals in 96 league appearances, and I’ll take a striker who gets 1 goal in every 2 games.
    If he comes to us then he won’t be scoring against us which I’ve seen him do for every club he’s been at including Chelse, Liverpool and Bolton. If he gets the goals that turns defeat into draws, and draws into wins that keeps us up, he’ll be worth a lot more than his weekly wage a tax the end of the season.
    My concerns are that he seems injury prone, and more importantly he does a stupid celebratory dance when he scores. Otherwise we should get him in.

    • Mxpx

      Agreed that dance is a deal breaker

  • Rob Brown

    I love the way you conveniently “forget” to mention that Gayle played 30 games more than Sturridge over the last 3 and a half seasons to get that one goal advantage.

    Journalism at its best!!

  • Coble’s Return

    On a point of principle, I don’t think that the club taking the player on loan should cover all of the wages. If the so called big clubs want to amass huge squads of players on ridiculous wages, that is their problem. They rely on the rest of us to take these players on loan, to develop them and to keep them fit. If Liverpool (in this case) are willing to send their player out on loan, then either they think that they can’t sell him, or they want to retain the option to play him in the future. Either way, they are admitting that he is not currently good enough and therefore not worth the wages he is paid.

    • Paul Patterson

      A compromise at £60k would be sensible.

      • Coble’s Return

        I agree, but you can guarantee that one of our relegation rivals will stick their hands in their pockets and shell out whatever Liverpool are asking in a desperate effort to stay up.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          We have no players on loan right now; looking at our competition:

          Palace have 2 from EPL clubs, they cannot take more
          Swansea have 1 but they are already paying through the nose for him

          Stoke have one and could easily add Sturridge, plus Sturridge would not even have to move house but they are a bit stuck on wages

          West Ham only have Hart & have scope to add wages

          Brighton have 2 from EPL clubs, they cannot take more

          Huddersfield only have one and have a lot of scope to increase wages

          Watford have lots of loans but not from the premier league so they could add him but not likely.

          I’d say we are up against Huddersfield, West Ham and Stoke

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      There is a problem for NUFC. I read a little about FFP and we do not have much wriggle room on wages. I think NUFC could pay a loan fee to Liverpool but Liverpool cover the wages, if this is allowed then there is some scope, otherwise, we need to lose players.

  • HarryHype59

    As usual under this regime, the club is negotiating from a position of weakness arising from a reactive transfer policy!

    • Peaky Magpie

      Good quote 👍

  • Leicester Mag

    Newcastle United the perennial tyre kickers.

    • HarryHype59

      So true! We must be regarded as uber time wasters by other clubs!

  • only2ameobis

    As people have stated below, the stats are a bit skewed but from watching Sturridge this season when he has played, he seems to have lost some pace and is low on confidence, Definitely not the 20 goal a season striker he once was. In reality, he’s probably no better than what we already have. His proneness to injury as well would make me hope that this is a no go.

  • Wor Lass

    He`s a skillful footballer and, to be fair, he`s better than anyone we`ve already got up front. I wouldn`t be in favour of signing him long term because of his injury problems – plus he strikes me as having a bit of an attitude at times – but a loan deal this season might work out well. I`d much rather see us get Batshuayi or Walcott but I can`t see any of the three happening – for obvious reasons.

    • Rich Lawson

      ”Show me the money” ?

  • robbersdog

    I like Gayle – he’s the best No.9 currently in our squad, but there is no valid comparison to be made between him and Daniel Sturridge. The stats above are very misleading because Gayle might’ve scored one more goal than Sturridge, but he has also played 30 more games over the period in question. Sturridge, when fit, is a class or two above Gayle, and when he’s absolutely at his best, is close to being world class.

    In any event, we can’t afford his wages, so it’s highly unlikely that this deal is happening.

    • brin mcardle

      Totall agree

    • Jezza

      Agreed. Sturridge is head and shoulders above anyn player we’ve got. He’d be a great signing in the short term.

  • NUFCDan

    I know it won’t happen as our club has zero ambition but surely Sturridge is a gamble worth taking. Even Ashley can see that I would hope? If he was available on loan and the fee was say £5m and wages 120k a week for rest of season that’s still only £7.5m total for the prospect of staying on the PL gravy boat. Even if he’s half fit and got 5 goals off the bench it could be the difference between staying up and relegation.

    • Paul Patterson

      However, Ashley doesn’t look at it that way.
      He see’s 13th in the table. Why waste £7.5m when we are on target?

  • fistsofsteel2

    …..about 16 weeks left in the season – so his wages would be just shy of £2million.

    Only worth it if he’s fit and able to play; but he is far better than anybody else we’ve got.