Three years ago Daniel Sturridge dashed through the Eastlands’ exit door in search of the combination of greed and glory that only Chelsea could offer.
Fast forward to the present day and its City who now hold not only the cash but also the most realistic prospect of silverware in the season’s to come. I draw this to your attention not to question whether Sturridge made the right decision to choose Chelsea over City when the blues of Manchester were unwilling to meet his wage demands, but because The Mirror are suggesting that Mancini is preparing a £20 million bid to bring Sturridge back up north.
Since Roberto Di Matteo ascended to Stamford Bridge’s hot seat the young Englishman has manged the full ninety minutes only twice, as Chelsea’s new manager appears to favour a return to experience over youth. Further proof of Sturridge’s fall from favour is taken from The Mirror quoting Di Matteo as suggesting that the former City forward needs to learn to “play for the team”.
In contrast to the Chelsea coach Mancini is full of praise for the Chelsea frontman, “If Sturridge was here today, he’d be in the first team. I’ve watched him many times and I know him well.”
Although Mancini has said that Sturridge would feature in City’s first team it is difficult to see how. The Englishman’s best form came when he was used in a wider role by Villas-Boas but the prospect of his keeping David Silva or Samir Nasri out of the City team seems a remote one. Even for moneybags City the chance to pay £20 million for a player to warm the bench is unlikely to be one that appeals.