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“I can see Sturridge leaving Chelsea”
It’s been a frustrating summer for Daniel Sturridge. The Chelsea frontman was overlooked for Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 England squad, battled against a bout of viral meningitis and unfortunately missed the crucial penalty in Team GB’s quarter-final defeat to South Korea in the Olympic Games. To make matters even more unsettling, Sturridge has been linked with moves to both Tottenham and Liverpool, and the Guardian’s Dominic Fifield believes a Stamford Bridge exit could well be on the cards for the talented 22 year-old.
“I can see Sturridge leaving. The type of players Chelsea have been targeting in the market this summer have all been creative players who can play behind the main striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation. And you look at Sturridge last season, he started very brightly under Andre Villas-Boas, but he wasn’t often in the team under Roberto Di Matteo, which suggests to me that he’s not going to have a major role to play.
“He’s got bags of natural ability, we saw that with Team GB the other day when he scored a great goal, but actually he’s probably going to get more games elsewhere. The issue with him is the wage, because it’s a massive wage they got him on from Manchester City, a huge wage. And there are not going to be many clubs in the Premier League who are going to be able to pay that. So Chelsea are probably going to have to supplement that. And does he have a long-term future at Chelsea? Probably not.”
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