Daniel Sturridge’s father has blasted Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas by telling him he is wasting the talent of his son, reports the Daily Star.
Sturridge has received wide acclaim for his impressive form with the West London club this season and has established himself in the Blues starting XI but not in his preferred central striker role. The 22-year-old has featured as a right-winger for the majority of the season but still finds himself as Chelsea’s second top-goalscorer, just 1 behind Frank Lampard who has notched 11 times.
Although the young England star is enjoying his best season to date Sturridge’s father suggests his son can deliver much more if Villas-Boas played him as a central striker.
“When he plays in his natural position, which is a central striker, you will see may be two or three times as much of the player that you now see playing on the wings,”
said Michael Sturridge when he spoke to the Voice newspaper, in the Daily Star’s report.
“When you have seen someone play from under-nines right up to adult football as a central striker, then suddenly you see them playing in a different position that you have never seen him play, obviously you know, the position he played in as a youngster is the one he will be more comfortable in. Once he is in that position, I expect you will see a major improvement.”
The Daily Star suggest that Sturridge is unhappy with having to play out of position, something which the Chelsea boss is aware of but revealed earlier this season that he has no plans to play him as a central striker.
In the meantime, Villas-Boas continues to persist with the out of touch Fernando Torres as his main striker, but is this having an adverse effect on Sturridge’s overall development?
The Spaniard has only managed to bag 4 goals so far this season taking his overall Blues tally to a mere 5 from an astonishing 45 appearances.
How much longer will AVB continue to persevere with a striker who was bought for £50m to score goals but continually fails to find the net?
Chelsea supporters may argue that Torres isn’t just there to score goals and that he is providing for the team in other areas, but that’s not what he was bought for.
Is Sturridge deserving of an opportunity to head the Chelsea front-line over a number of games in place of Torres or should he just knuckle down and be thankful he is playing for a top club and starting week-in, week-out?
Perhaps the England International should keep his head down and continue to perform at the level he is doing for a longer sustained period of time before he has the right to start calling the shots of wanting to play in his preferred role.
Sturridge still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current deal at Stamford Bridge but his frustrations have raised doubts over his future with Arsenal reportedly planning a shock move. There would be no shortage of potential suitors for Sturridge’s signature if decided he wanted to leave and Chelsea could command a large fee but it is unlikely they’d be willing to sell to a rival.
Sturridge’s father added further to the doubts over his son’s future by saying, “In terms of potential, we have to see him play in that central striker position to see how far he can go in the game.
“He can actually show you a lot more. I think with the experience (he gains) and playing regularly in the Premier League, you are going to see a better player because he will just get stronger.”
While all this talk of the Chelsea star being unhappy may hold some truth, it may also be an attempt to initiate contract negotiations over a new improved deal which Sturridge is supposedly looking for, as reported by the Mail Online.
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