It seems we can now cross off another club on the list of those that could look to take Daniel Sturridge away from us.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has been speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash at Anfield and has cooled rumours of the London club plotting a move for the Liverpool striker.
He went someway towards ruling out a deal to try and sign Sturridge but not without heaping praise on the England international.
Bilic told the Guardian: “He’s just a player that has been linked with us, basically, and we’ve been linked with almost every player.”
“We’re always there in contention. Most of the time it’s absolutely not true, 95% of the time. But you’re asking me about Sturridge and I have no problem about that. All the clubs are thinking about him because he is that kind of player.”
“He’s one of the biggest talents, he’s a great player. The talent is there, the touch, the finishing, everything is great. The only thing that’s stopped him being regular for club and country are the injuries.”
Selling Sturridge in January wasn’t even an option, but it’s still nice to be reassured every now and then.
Bilic is an example of how Sturridge’s quality is common knowledge to everyone. His injury layoffs are all the more frustrating for this reason as well as the thought of what he is capable of.
His return from the most recent injury he picked up couldn’t come soon enough. We don’t just need him and his attacking talent to fill the void left by key absentees but we want to see him given the chance to try and cement a place in the starting lineup.
His time will come this season. We really hope he can make the most of it.