Sturridge seals Trabzonspor move
Former Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge will be playing in Turkey this season after completing his move to Trabzonspor.
The England international has signed a three-year contract with the Super Lig club and he can now concentrate on getting himself match fit following a summer of uncertainty after leaving Liverpool at the end of last season.
The move to the Medical Park Stadyumu will represent the first time in his career that Sturridge has played abroad and the 29-year-old will be hoping to get back to playing first-team football on a regular basis after he endured an injury-ravaged end to his time at Anfield.
Indeed, the former Chelsea and Manchester City youngster was limited to just 34 Premier League starts over his final five seasons with Liverpool, a far cry from the impressive form he showed at the start of his career on Merseyside.
The 2013-14 season was a particularly special one for Sturridge, as he spearheaded Liverpool’s ultimately fruitless pursuit of the Premier League title that year alongside Luis Suarez, as he scored 21 goals in 29 league appearances.
Sadly, Sturridge has been unable to match that tally over the subsequent five campaigns combined, which ultimately contributed to his release by Liverpool.
The forward’s injury record probably also contributed to the fact that he had to wait for the season to begin before landing himself a new club, but he will be hoping he can now rediscover his best form in Turkey.
Trabzonspor are certainly one of the big hitters in Turkish football, as they finished fourth in the Super Lig last season, which means Sturridge could face a return to British soil sooner than expected, as his new side could come up against Wolves, Celtic or Rangers in the Europa League.
Unal Karaman is currently the man in charge of Trabzonspor, while Sturridge will have some familiar team-mates to fans of English football, as former Chelsea and Middlesbrough midfielder John Obi Mikel joined the club this summer, while former Leeds frontman Caleb Ekuban also forms part of the squad.
There are, of course, no guarantees that Sturridge will prove a success in Turkey and it would not be that much of a surprise to see him return to English football in the New Year.
However, coming out of the media spotlight may actually benefit him and, as we know, if he can stay fit then he is more than capable of becoming a key member of the Trabzonspor squad.