If you asked me in January how i thought the season was going i would have replied 'Not great but what about Daniel Sturridge eh?' In recent weeks the answer has turned on its head. Saloman Kalou - a bit part player at the start of the season - is now preferred to Sturridge. Largely due to his work defensively. This is the mark of the decline of Chelsea's golden boy.
Sturridge is cursed with a body language problem; he never looks like he is trying that hard. I have noticed this ever since watching our FA Cup quarter final 5-2 victory against Leicester at the Bridge. Torres was resurgent, Meireles creative, Kalou clinical and Sturridge selfish. On three or four occasions he reached the byline and attempted to score from impossible angles instead of squaring the ball to one of the onrushing multitude of blue shirts at the edge of the six yard box. This led to the fans booing him in what was a fairly comfortable game. This has continued through Di Matteo's otherwise superb reign and was once again demonstrated at the Emirates on Saturday.
I understand and sympathise with the fact that he considers himself a centre forward. However, he was well on his way to becoming one of the most explosive right wingers in club football and a shoe-in for England at the Euro's this summer. Now he finds himself as our third choice right winger and our third choice striker. He will now have a few premier league games where rotation will prove necessary to get his form back. At the moment, even with our four suspensions, i can't see him walking onto the field in Munich on May 19th. I can't see Danny Welbeck losing any sleep about his place in the England side either.
This also comes near us Chelsea fans favourite time, the transfer window. Will we now look to sign Neymar, Gotze or another young starlet discovered at the Euros or Olympics? If Sturridge is not careful he could find himself even further down the pecking order come mid-August.