An ex-Premier League striker has mooted that a former Liverpool attacker would be an excellent fit for a top-flight side who are currently in dire straits.
Former Aston Villa and England striker Darren Bent has suggested that Sheffield United could benefit from having Daniel Sturridge leading the line.
The 31-year-old is currently a free agent after being released by Turkish outfit Trabzonspor in March.
The Blades are currently bottom of the Premier League having not won all season. They find themselves 11 points from safety after playing 16 games, having scored just eight times.
It is no secret manager Chris Wilder is looking for attacking reinforcements in January.
However, he has already gone on record stating he is not interesting in Sturridge, according to Yorkshire Live.
But Bent believes Wilder should reconsider his stance on the forward, who lifted the 2019 Champions League trophy with Liverpool.
“You can’t go and give him a normal contract with his injury record,” he conceded, speaking on Talksport.
“But if you talk about pay as you play and he still looks hungry and motivated to play then why not?
“Pay as you play you can’t go wrong. Because if he doesn’t play you don’t get paid.”
Sturridge is proven at Premier League level too. The England international has played 218 games in the division and has scored on 77 occasions.
His most prolific season came in the 2014/15 season when he scored 29 times as Liverpool infamously lost grip on the title.
Bent questions big Brewster fee
Rhian Brewster signed for Sheffield United for £18million during the summer but has failed to score in 12 league games.
Bent stated that he believes Wilder should keep him in the side despite this in the hope that his confidence will grow and the club will get their money’s worth from him.
“If I’m Rhian Brewster I’m thinking just give me five or six games [in the team],” he continued.
“All it takes is one goal, his confidence is up and their confidence is up… he goes and gets another one.
“I don’t understand now why Chris Wilder doesn’t say ‘I’ve tried everything else and it’s clearly not worked, this is what we’ll do.
“‘Rhian, you’ve got the next 10 games. Don’t worry about if you don’t need to score in the first game, barring an injury you are going to play’.
“That will give him a bit of confidence then and at least he knows [where he stands].
“But the fact they’ve spent all this money on him and he doesn’t play [I don’t get it]. He’s probably getting hammered by a load of people saying what a waste money.
“That’s not doing him any favours. So if he’s checking his social media he’s probably getting hammered all the time.
“I don’t understand Chris Wilder. If he didn’t think he was the one to score the goals then why waste a massive part of your budget on this centre-forward?”
The Blades next face Crystal Palace on Saturday in their next league fixture.