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  • Robert M Robert M Feb 4, 2013 21:31 Flag

    Daniel Sturridge

    He's started very well for you. If he continues like this he'll be seen as a bargain.

    I noticed two issues with him at Chelsea. Three really, I suppose.

    The first was that in his early days he was wildly profligate on front of goal. I'm sure that can be put down to youth and nerves.

    The second was that he seemed to have a stinky attitude quite a lot of the time. I have a feeling that was true at City too. You'll be hoping that was imaginary or he's got over it.

    The third was he spent quite a lot of time injured. You'll be hoping to avoid that too.

    I'm sure I've said all this before. But the fact is he's started for you better than anyone would have imagined.


    Robert

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    • Cheers Robert. After I read what I wrote again it looked like I was having a pop at Chelsea which was not my intent, but I was interested in your view on this one as you obviously know more about Chelsea than me.

      I understand the first, but I'm curious why he was not given more of a chance after he came back from Bolton where he really did seem to do the business.

      On the attitude side that was my one area of caution when he came to us, as he did arrive with a certain reputation. However he seems to have said all the right things (don't they all after some good PR coaching) but he's also doing the right thing.

      I know he had some injury worries at Chelsea, but did not know other than earlier this season it was extensive. On that front all we can do is keep our fingers crossed like with any player.

      One question for you, while with us he's started almost exclusively up front in the center either with Suarez wide or behind him, although during the games there is a lot of interchange with both going deep and going wide. Do you know how often (and under which manager) he started center for Chelsea? I think that was the role he played at Bolton, but I always remember for Chelsea he was played (and stayed) wide, or was expected to be an impact sub with 10 to 15 minutes left in a game, but of course I rarely see full Chelsea matches.

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      • I think he actually did get a good run at Chelsea when he came back from Bolton. He started quite exclusively on the right for them under AVB and was top scorer by some margin by xmas, I believe he may have even finished their top scorer in the league last year too? As soon as Di Matteo came in, he went for experience and Drogba became prominent with Ramires and Kalou occupying that right side, I might be wrong but was my recollection!