Monday, March 19, 2012
Make no mistake about Daniel Sturridge's value to Chelsea, his contributions have been exceptional for the Blues. His goals have somewhat dried up, but he is still a first choice player in the eyes of Robbie Di Matteo. RDM has taken his chance at the helm of Chelsea and now rides the wave of three consecutive victories. Ironically he has reverted to Chelsea's old guards to get the job done.
And so it was a surprise that the Italian decided to gamble on the "new" Chelsea, playing Meireles and Torres against Leicester in the FA Cup quarterfinals. The players he picked have yet to let RDM down, and Chelsea strolled to a victory that they deserved.
Though the standout performance came from Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge's singlemindedness to get goals lend itself to a general perception that he is constantly hunting for personal glory. His agenda is to gratify himself rather than doing what's necessary for the good of the team.
Young strikers typically have this trait. It's all about goals and the excitement that scoring brings to them. As they mature, strikers become more rounded. In his early years, Michael Owen was a greedy goal poacher, he went on to refine his game in later years, becoming a more complete attacker in the final third.
Sturridge can lift his game further by studying the manner Torres has sacrificed personal glory for the better of the team. Torres' selflessness reaches its zenith in the game when he burst past two Leicester defenders to roll the ball for the onrushing Meireles to score. El Nino could easily opt to shoot for the hattrick and Chelsea fans would not have complained.
Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie scores goals and creates goals in equal measures. With the skills and talent that he possesses, Daniel Sturridge is capable of the same. However, he needs to continually expand his all-round game and emulating what Fernando Torres now brings to the Chelsea team is a step in the right direction.
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