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Sturridge To The Bridge

Sturridge To The Bridge

COMMENT: JB reflects as 19 year old MCFC Academy graduate Daniel Sturridge's wage demands look to have led him to a National Express trip south (poor wages) to warm the Chelski bench...

It's a great shame all told as anyone who has seen the lad when he is on his game knows he has bags of natural talent.

That said, his motivation was in question on and off throughout last season for the games he wasn't sidelined with an injury.

The demands he set with his advisers have been stubbornly adhered to for some time and his body language at home to PSG as long ago as last December gave the impression of a player who didn't want the ball and didn't want to be there.

One of the most disappointing aspects of the Sturridge camp's position has been that Manchester City have stood by him through serious injury, most notably one to his thigh that required a lengthy lay off. Ironically, such was the paucity of City's finances back then, Sturridge would have seen plenty of first team action.

Furthermore, when you look at how other City Academy graduates like Nedum Onuoha who has fought back from some bad injuries to the brink of England senior recognition and the brilliant Stephen Ireland has turned a career heading very publicly for disaster around, then Sturridge's two fingers to City is all the more galling.

An item of note in this episode is that it signals something of a sea change in Chelsea's planning as they begin to prepare for a time when their current generation of superstars move on or maybe for FIFA rule changes that require an increase of English born players in your starting eleven. As we saw in last year's FA Youth Cup Final, Chelsea have a recent history of buying in young players from around the globe. It will be interesting to see how they proceed with Sturridge.

When Vital MC visited Carrington to interview Shaun Wright-Phillips last February, we saw a number of the players arriving for training and in contrast to the upbeat likes of SWP, Zaba and Gelson, Sturridge looked thoroughy miserable.

Call it a hunch, but City's dressing room could well be better off without him. I only he hope he remembers and respects those many times when City fans bellowed his name for him to be brought on from the bench.

It will be interesting to see what he says when his long silence is finally broken.


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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Tuesday June 23 2009
Time: 9:54PM


Good riddance, if he ever plays at Middle Eastlands the fans will slaughter him and so they should.
23/06/2009 22:06:00
I hope his legs get eaten by a cougar.
23/06/2009 22:07:00
Sparky didn't like him anyways. Hope he won't cost more than 3Mil.
23/06/2009 22:12:00
I get the distinct impression that he's too big for his boots, and wearing the wrong boot size over a period of time can lead to you cramping your own style. Maybe the shopping down the Kings Road will brighten him up, but he looks like a bit of a lost soul to me.
roy harper
23/06/2009 23:25:00
Funny how they will raise the player on their own, but refuse to pay his "high" wages. Funnier how they then will spend ridiculous amounts on everyone else's leftovers (let's face it, ManCity is no ones first choice right now). True enough, though, that his arse should be booted if he is the cancerous primadonna type. Chelski can have another bytch to go along with all the others.
23/06/2009 23:40:00
He's made his decision. He'll have to live with it. If there was ever a moment in the history of Manchester City that a top young striker would think of leaving -- this isn't it. Oh well. In the future i think players in the U18 squad should be signed up to a five -year contract. I'm not sure jim Cassell has that kind of contractual control over the Academy, but someone should. I'd certainly be happy if Jim had the budget for that. Our new owners have, I am sure been looking at the level of investment in young players, and the commercial basis of the Academy in general.
23/06/2009 23:50:00
jerrysand.....(let's face it, ManCity is no ones first choice right now). Gareth Barry and RSC may beg to differ ......and we are not finished yet.
24/06/2009 02:38:00
It was obvious that Sturridge did not want to stay no matter how much City offered him, I think he wanted a guaranteed start, and when he was down the pecking order and City were looking for more strikers, then his departure was inevitable. I am not sure that Chelsea will give him what he wants and DS may yet again be on the move after a short spell at the Bridge, in search of something no manager can guarantee. Best of Lucky Danny S.
Buzz Lightyear
24/06/2009 04:44:00
"I hope his legs get eaten by a cougar. MCFC_Goatboy" Cmon, you didnt meant that? :-)
24/06/2009 05:31:00
He's going to get splinters in his backside thats for sure
25/06/2009 02:42:00
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