Newcastle United back in for Daniel Sturridge despite failed January loan bid – Report
The Daniel Sturridge episode in the January window was arguably when things really hit rock bottom.
With Newcastle United facing a relegation battle and desperate for a goalscorer, fans were told by widespread media reports that a loan deal had been agreed with Liverpool for the striker.
Not exactly the £20m striker that Mike Ashley had allegedly promised Rafa Benitez but at least a striker with a goalscoring pedigree in his career, if he can stay fit (see below).
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, a last minute change of heart saw Daniel Sturridge prefer to go on loan to West Brom, despite the fact they looked no-hopers in terms of staying up.
Rafa was left with a desperate situation and Newcastle ended up instead with another talented striker with injury issues, Islam Slimani.
He turned up already crocked, whilst it took Daniel Sturridge only two weeks to pick up yet another injury, a hamstring problem ruling Sturridge out of most of West Brom’s relegation fight.
The Liverpool loan player ended up playing only 116 Premier League minutes for West Brom with no goals. Slimani managing 130 minutes, no goals but helping to create the winner against Arsenal that sealed Newcastle’s safety.
Islam Slimani turned 30 yesterday (18 June) and Daniel Sturridge will be 29 in September.
Two getting older one-time goalscorers, is this the kind of market where Rafa Benitez will be looking for his main striker this summer?
Over in Turkey, Aksam reports that Besiktas are trying to sign Sturridge but that Rafa Benitez is renewing his interest in him. Sevillla are also claimed to be wanting the former England forward.
A price of £15m is said to be Liverpool’s asking price but this would be a big gamble for anybody considering the injury problems.
Since scoring 21 goals in 29 PL appearances back in 2013/14 when Liverpool should have won the league, it has been dismal for Daniel Sturridge.
Only 17 PL goals in the four years since, in a meagre 32 starts – plus sub appearances.
Last season Sturridge managed only two goals with seven starts and 14 PL sub appearances for both Liverpool and West Brom.
Most clubs would no doubt prefer some kind of a try before you buy arrangement but in this crazy transfer market, no doubt Liverpool will get somebody to buy Daniel Sturridge, and very likely even make a profit on the £12m they paid back in January 2013.
Could that buying club be Newcastle?
Unlikely…but then where will Rafa Benitez find a goalscorer from?
The Mag – 30 January 2018:
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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