According to Express, Aston Villa are facing stiff competition from Bologna in the pursuit of Daniel Sturridge. The former Liverpool striker is currently a free agent after being released by the Reds last season. As a result, the Villans are keen to secure his services. However, Bologna have emerged as an attractive suitor for the England international, with Rangers also interested.
Sturridge’s recent struggles at Liverpool
Sturridge was one of Liverpool’s most important players under the management of Brendan Rodgers. He notably played a key role behind their title chase in the 2013/14 season, scoring 22 league goals. However, the ex-Chelsea star lost his place in the side following the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, though it can largely be attributed to the emergence of Roberto Firmino.
The Brazilian superstar impressed the onlookers with his sizzling tricks and immense technical prowess. As a result, Sturridge was often seen as a second fiddle striker for Liverpool while the attacker has also struggled with injuries in recent years. And this took a massive toll on his overall game-time at the club.
In fact, Sturridge has failed to surpass the 1,000-minute mark in league football ever since the highly successful 2013/14 season. During this period, the 29-year-old suffered from recurring hip and hamstring problems among other types of injuries.
What can he bring to the table?
Sturridge is advertised as an intelligent forward, who can make smart movements in and around the penalty area. He has an excellent positional sense and is always on the lookout for runs in behind the defence. Furthermore, the 29-year-old is a gifted technical player who can link up with teammates and create scoring opportunities in the final third.
Should Aston Villa double their efforts in the pursuit of Sturridge?
Sturridge is one of the most experienced English strikers available in the market this summer. He could ideally revamp the Aston Villa attack as the club looks to impress upon their return to the top flight next season.
That being said, Aston Villa have already signed Wesley in a big money move this summer. And investing on yet another high-profile forward may not be the most prudent decision from Dean Smith despite the England international’s vast experience in the Premier League.
The former Liverpool star will likely ask for an expensive wage, which could be problematic as Smith also needs to upgrade his side’s midfield department. Hence, the 48-year-old should drop his interest in signing Sturridge, who could move to Bologna this summer.
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