The Daily Mail have reported that Daniel Sturridge is a transfer target of new Tottenham Hotspur Manager Andres Villas-Boas. We assess why this transfer would be perfect for all parties.
Chelsea Stock Falling, Spurs Rising
Chelsea’s position in the football world could not be more ominous, for a team that are the current European champions. Their short-sighted overlord’s ruthless managerial style, hiring and firing managers that fail to bring immediate success, has meant that a significant revamp at Chelsea (one that is greatly needed) has never come.
Countless managers, fearing the sword of Damocles, stick to the reactive counter-attacking system instilled by Mourinho in 2004, in the knowledge that this will bring short-term success. Adapting to their boss’s inability to look to the future, they too continue with the old guard, ignoring the long term structure of the club.
What this has created is a club with an ageing squad, still stuck in the Mourinho era. Last season’s duo of AVB and Di Matteo perfectly summarises their dilemma. Villas-Boas attempted to revolutionise their strategy; the players didn’t like it, the manager was sacked. Di Matteo restores order with the same style as ever, and they achieve success. The long term? Chelsea now have an inexperienced manager with a lower win percentage than his predecessor. This is a club in decline.
Sturridge fits the AVB mould (as shown by the amount he played him at Chelsea)
Conversely, AVB’s Spurs will be a progressive, exciting team (just like the one he tried to make at Chelsea). They are keen to push on to the next level, and it cannot possibly be long before Spurs regularly finish higher in the table than their London rivals. AVB likes to play an expansive game with fluidity and speed, characterised by his insistence on agile and adaptable forwards (such as Juan Mata, one of his first Chelsea signings). Unlike at Chelsea, where Sturridge’s style may not fit in to the counter-attacking philosophy of Di Matteo, he would be the perfect fit for Spurs.
Sturridge was a regular feature of the Chelsea team when AVB was in charge, not only proving his worth in the system the Portuguese manager utilises, but showing how much respect the coach has for the the former England under 21 star. Sturridge can expect regular football at White Hart Lane, and in a footballing philosophy that compliments his own style.
Regularly playing again is likely to reinvigorate his international career. Featuring infrequently in the latter half of the campaign, it was no surprise that Sturridge failed to make the England squad for Euro 2012. The striker must be desperate to recapture the form that was so impressive at Bolton (who, under Coyle, played Sturridge in a front three and gave him freedom to express himself, just as AVB did at Chelsea).
Sturridge is perfect for AVB, and AVB is perfect for Sturridge. Spurs are on the rise, whilst a tired-looking Chelsea are in decline.
A no brainer, surely.
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