On his day, he was arguably one of the better players in the division.
The only problem is that the days when he’s available are decreasing with each passing year because he’s rarely able to show up for them. And that’s exactly what makes him such an enticing, and I would argue perfect target for Sheffield United to pursue.
I’m talking of course about Daniel Sturridge. According to a report in The Daily Mail, the Blades are interested in bringing the 31-year-old in on a free transfer as we struggle to make deals for the likes of Rhian Brewster materialise due to a disagreement over the fees. With someone like Sturridge though as a free agent, there would obviously be no such issue.
Now let’s address the elephant in the room, and that’s his injury record, which is obviously a major concern for anyone looking to bring him in. However, if we can manage him and the finances on the deal correctly, then we could still pull off quite a good deal on him. By offering him a ‘pay as you play’ deal, then that eliminates a lot of the risk associated with taking him on.
What do Sheffield United need upfront?
We get a player who still can find the back of the net when given the chance, without having to necessarily ‘waste’ anything on him.
And whilst he might not be fit for all 35 or so games left in the league this season, given how Chris Wilder likes to rotate the forwards, we don’t need him to be. Perhaps 10-15 as he contributes maybe 5 goals and I’d say we’ll have justified our investment. Even more so if those goals help us stay in the division.
What about you? Do you think Sturridge would be a good signing?