Craig Bellamy believes Daniel Sturridge needs games to show his qualities again
Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy says Daniel Sturridge just needs to get back to playing football following his loan move to West Brom.
Speaking on The Debate, Bellamy said that at his peak, Sturridge was one of the best players in Europe when he was helping Liverpool challenge for the Premier League title in 2013/14, as part of a forward line including Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling.
Sturridge had the chance to join Newcastle, too, but chose West Brom due to it being closer to the area where he grew up in the west Midlands. Regardless of his destination, Bellamy feels the striker just requires minutes on the pitch, having made just nine Premier League appearances for Liverpool this season.
“He just needs to play football,” Bellamy said. “We all know how gifted he is, I love to watch him play.
“When he’s on song, he’s England’s main striker, I say that, Harry Kane has come on the scene and is England No 9 but Daniel Sturridge a couple of years ago was outstanding, one of the top players in Europe, especially when Suarez was with him, he was outstanding, so he just needs to get playing.”
West Brom have scored just 19 goals in 24 games this season in the league, so he will become a key man for Alan Pardew but if he will be able do what is required to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad is unknown.
“Whether it will be enough to get him an opportunity to play in this World Cup, we don’t know but if he can get back to playing football, that’s the most important thing,” Bellamy said.
Sturridge has played just once for his country in over a year but he will be hopeful of being able to force his way into Southgate’s plans if he can stay fit and score goals at The Hawthorns.