Newcastle should take Sturridge risk this summer

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United have been offered the chance to sign Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge for £15m in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Sturridge left Liverpool for West Bromwich Albion in the January transfer window, but an injury-ravaged loan spell saw the striker make just six Premier League appearances.

Once regarded as one of the hottest forwards in the country, it has been some fall from grace for Sturridge over the last few years.

As it stands, the 28-year-old will return to Liverpool next month for pre-season training, but according to The Chronicle, Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign him for £15m.

Sturridge’s current deal at Anfield will expire next summer, and his career with the Merseyside outfit looks to be over having failed to convince Jurgen Klopp of his worth.

Should Newcastle sign Sturridge?

When considering that Sturridge has had a difficult few seasons, a record of 64 goals in 133 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions is impressive.

The 26-time England international’s finest season came during the 2013-14 campaign – when he scored 24 times in 33 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool.

He did manage 13 goals in 25 appearances during the 2015-16 season, but injuries and a lack of football have made it difficult for Sturridge over the last couple of years.

When fit, however, Sturridge is one of the deadliest strikers in English football. Some of the fire might be gone, but Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is the perfect manager to help the former Manchester City youngster rediscover his scoring form.

At £15m, the risk is one worth taking. Newcastle do not have the budget to spend huge money on a new centre-forward this summer, and upgrading Dwight Gayle should be a priority for the Magpies ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.