Daniel Sturridge will line out for West Brom for the rest of the season after joining the Baggies on loan for the rest of the current campaign.
Newcastle United and Inter Milan were also in the running for the Liverpool striker’s signature, but instead the 28-year-old Sturridge will move to the Hawthorns.
Overall, Sturridge has bagged an impressive 48 goals in 98 top-flight games for the Reds but has struggled in recent seasons to make his mark at Anfield, with injuries hampering his progress.
West Brom will be Sturridge’s fifth Premier League club, following stints with Man City, Chelsea, Bolton and Liverpool.
145.1 – Of English players to score at least 20 Premier League goals, only Harry Kane (111.9) has a better mins/goal ratio than Daniel Sturridge (145.1). Moves. pic.twitter.com/XGXgkrc4b1
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 29, 2018
On signing on the dotted line for the Baggies, the Birmingham-born Sturridge said:
I’ve got friends here I’ve played with before. The manager spoke very well, the challenge with the team and the style of play – I just felt this was the right fit for me.
West Brom boss Alan Pardew was unsurprisingly delighted with the deal. He said:
This is a big coup for us and I speak for my staff and my players and say ‘thank you’ to Daniel for agreeing to assist us in League and Cup.
He has fantastic talent and will strengthen our ambitions on both fronts.
Once rated as one of the best strikers in the Premier League, Sturridge needs to kickstart his career sooner rather than later.
Let’s hope a regular run of games at the Hawthorns will see the England forward rediscover his best form and make the most of his undoubted talent.