My fellow soccer fans, please let me know if I am wrong for thinking that 12 million pounds for Daniel Sturridge is pure British Player Tax — not to the extreme that Dalglish heaped on Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, and Andy Carroll, but still BPT nonetheless.
Chelsea are utterly bereft of striking skill. Surely if Sturridge had shown anything that demanded he be played in front of Fernando Torres, he would have done so already. He is certainly a young talent and useful, but am I wrong in thinking he is not 12 million pounds useful? Or is this what Liverpool have to pay at a minimum in order to ease the striker burden?
Several reasons why the Mirror is throwing shit to the wall and seeing if it sticks:
Romelu Lukaku is on loan at West Brom. Sturridge is one of two recognized strikers in the squad, the other being Fernando Torres. Ask a Chelsea fan if s/he wants Torres to be the only forward on the roster with the transfer deadline this week.
If Brendan Rodgers thinks he’ll get 15 million pounds from the sales of Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing combined, he’s crazy.
Given some of Sturridge’s brain locks last season (Chelsea fans I follow on Twitter would get livid with his ball-hogging), I doubt he’d play well with Luis Suarez.
Clint Dempsey would probably be a better fit with this LFC team in a starting XI.
Even if Sturridge was sold and Chelsea money-whipped Hulk or Edinson Cavani in, they’d need another striker.