He plays in London, he is speedy and plays on the flank, yet is destined for a central role at some point in the future. No he is not Thierry Henry, but perhaps arguably the closest thing to him in the Premier League. He is Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge.
Whilst many fans continue to liken Henry to his former team mate at Arsenal in Theo Walcott, the Gunners stars pace might be the only true similarities as his final product and consistency has been in question, despite recent improvement.
So what of Sturridge, and his future plans to mimic one of the Premier League’s greatest ever marksmen? The Chelsea forward told the English Press this week
“He’s (Thierry) an example of one player I look at and think when I get back in the middle – and it’s only a matter of time – then I will be a lot better than previously”.
Bold claims from the precocious forward who might have departed Stamford Bridge had it not been for that notable loan spell at Bolton Wanderers whereby he showed everyone what he was capable of when played up top alongside Kevin Davies.
As a striker, Sturridge possesses a good frame. Standing at six foot two, he commands physical presence in that he can hold the ball up, as well as blistering pace and trickery over both short and long distances. The latter factor has probably been responsible for his designation on the right flank for Chelsea, but his height and upper body strength represent attributes which would clearly fit the bill in terms of Drogba’s current central capacity.
Sturridge, who indeed supported the Gunners as a boy, wants his metaphoric central striker’s role not only for Chelsea but the national team also. He won his second full international cap with the Three Lions against the Netherlands recently and at 22 knows that time is on his side to showcase the ability he feels he has within him.
Henry’s goal exploits shot through the roof once shifted more centrally from the flanks, and Sturridge has already demonstrated that he can weigh in with goals when Drogba has been absent from the Blues line up.
In this country we tend to expect a lot from our younger pros, as it seems they have been around a long time, in addition to a lack of patience in the modern game. After all, Sturridge has been known to English audiences since his debut in 2006 for Manchester City. Nevertheless, 22 still represents an age whereby the striker is learning and alongside Danny Welbeck represents one of the brightest young hopes in the country’s striking ranks.
It will be an exciting few months for Sturridge as he approaches contention for both the Euro 2012 Championships and a run in for Chelsea whereby they will be hoping to do well in the FA Cup and Champions League, as well as a tilt for a top four position on the league.
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