Readers discuss Daniel Sturridge’s merits at Liverpool, two of Manchester United’s new signings, and Arsenal’s squad depth.
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Sturridge divides opinion
I’m gonna swim against the tide here, cause I don’t buy into the “Sturridge was excellent” movement. I actually thought he was pretty poor. Yes he scored two goals and took both well but he should also have scored at least two or theee more. The unbelievable mis-kick from five yards out, the pathetic right foot pass yo the goalkeeper from (I think) Origi’s pass which should easily have been buried in the net.
Then there’s the attitude. He is just not a team player. He was again totally disinterested in the pressing game (I actually saw Origi run past him once or twice to do Sturridge’s pressing!). He sulks … second half a pass didn’t quite make it to him and he turned away in disgust…. then the ball broke off a defender and Sturridge would have been away if he hadn’t been sulking.
Souness summed it up on Sky when he explained why Sturridge is not, and perhaps never will be, a regular starter under Jurgen. Because he doesn’t put the effort in. It actually sickens me sometimes the way he celebrates his goals as though they are all his own work, with never any acknowledgement or thanks to the team mate who put the ball on a plate fir him.
So there you go, I disagree with most on here. Now I’ll put my tin hat on and wait for the responses. But please, make them logical. Don’t hit me with “he’s a world-class finisher. Really? Last night? All season? And don’t tell me he’s the best striker we have because right now he’s behind Firmino and Origi, and last night Danny Ings put in more effort in half an hour than Sturridge did in the whole game.
Mark my words …. Sturridge will NOT play against Palace at the weekend.
Not sure people on here have ever stepped foot on a football pitch, yes Sturridge missed a couple of chances, he also put 2 away, the first of which many strikers would not have got near. He was also going in bravely knowing he 2was going to get clattered, something many have accused him of not doing.
The time to worry with a striker is if he is not getting chances, as long as he is getting in positions to miss chances then he will get the goals in time. I just think Sturridge comes in for some very unfair stick on this board, his two goals put us through to the next round and people are still digging him out, have we suddenly become Arsenal fans, there is a saying that goes with this great club:
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’
Mkhitaryan needs more time – Pogba shouldn’t need more time
We made one mistake selling Di Maria before we could put him in a position he’s used to with quality players, I hope the club doesn’t do the same with Mhkitaryan, especially since he has even been given a chance to prove himself and play except against a strong City match where he was injured for the previous week.
Honestly some decisions that the United management are taking in the past few years is nothing short of atrocious – I can’t imagine Ferguson / Gill making so many school-boy errors of judgement in such little amounts of time.
At £90m he shouldn’t need time to settle especially given he has been at the club before. Of course he will improve. He simply has to. Yet Sanchez, Suarez, Costa, Mane, Kante, have all hit the ground running when they arrived st their respective clubs so the “he needs time to settle” argument is not always a given. It’s not that Pogba has been poor, he’s been pure sh**e.
Wenger can afford to rotate more
Monreal has been solid, dependable, a little Irwin esque at LB, never flashy but gets on with the job. I haven’t been watching us very closely this season, but if his level has dropped, Wenger should surely give Gibbs another chance. He’s been patiently waiting, in VERY professional manner, no moaning to the press, no ultimatums with transfer talk, it’s refreshing to see. I always thought he’s a proper player going forward, slightly weak at the back, but hey, it’s a good position to be in when a player of his calibre is waiting to be call upon.
Agree with your sentiments Oracle about the Boro game, not scoring at home against them isn’t good enough and we were fortunate to get a point. Though I do feel the team has taken a step forward, the subtle changes e.g. maturer squad, Sanchez upfront, are making a difference. Also it’s worth noting that by now we’ve usually got half our team out till the New Year, this time we have players chomping at the bit to play rather than licking their wounds on the injury table.
Wenger’s ability to use his squad effectively, now that’s up for debate as you say – we’ll see how he gets on without the hindrance of injuries. For me, Walcott’s form will begin to drop, how quickly will he replace him with Ox? Playing Perez in the odd Carling Cup game won’t ready him for the Prem game he’ll need to play or come on for and make a difference, replacing Monreal with Gibbs, rotating the midfield to keep players fresh etc. The options are there, and if he sticks to the same first 11 as we’ve been accustomed to, it’ll be wasting what is probably our greatest strength.
Sad news for the world of Football; a real legend gone and iconically known for his goal against Italy in 1970.
Rest In Peace Carlos.