Thursday, October 6, 2022

Conte Eyeing This Former Chelsea Striker : The Right Man To Replace Batshuayi?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.
Daniel Sturridge might be on his way out of Liverpool in January after failing to put in regular appearances under manager, Jurgen Klopp. As per reports, the former Chelsea player is on the wishlist of Antonio Conte for a restrengthening of the attacking line.

He has so far registered only 5 starts in the Premier League mostly coming off the bench in the dying minutes of the game. He finally returned to the line-up this season after his long stint at the sidelines on repetitive injury concerns but failed to produce on the pitch.

Klopp could not depend on the 28-year-old to contend for the league title and has found his replacements in Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Dominic Solanke. Falling behind the pecking order was imminent as Sturridge failed to replicate his old run of form for the Anfield side. He is desperate to find some valuable game time and resurrect his career after being dropped from the England squad too.

After arriving at Chelsea for a fee of £33.2m from Marseille, Mitchy Batshuayi has only appeared for 678 minutes under Conte this season. With Eden Hazard selected as a lone striker above him as seen in the mid-week fixture against Huddersfield Town, it is safe to say that he has fallen out favour with the manager. Chelsea faithful were impressed by the Belgian’s performance in the pre-season tour and were expecting him to be a key component for the side this season after spending one season on the bench behind Diego Costa.

Daniel Sturridge left Chelsea for the exact reason he wishes to end ties with Liverpool at the moment. His impressive bout with the Reds made Chelsea fans question the club’s decision in letting him go and signing Fernando Torres on a £50m deal. However, circumstances are different right now with the first choice striker, Alvaro Morata sidelined with an injury.

14 points behind league leader, Manchester City, Conte is still hopeful of defending the title this season. Just one option on the bench might not be what the Italian will be willing to work with as the Chelsea board needs to invest in the January transfer window in order to fulfil their goals for the season.

Jurgen Klopp has expressed sympathy towards Sturridge’s current state of affairs. He greatly admires the former Chelsea player and is reluctant to let him go.

Scoring 64 goals in 133 appearances for the Reds, Sturridge was also linked to Serie A side, AC Milan and La Liga clubs, Real Betis and Valencia. It is not unusual for so many clubs to be interested in the striker.

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