Friday 05 July 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Chelsea completed the signing of 19-year-old Manchester City academy graduate Daniel Sturridge after the forward decided to end his long association with the club.
Sturridge had come through the youth ranks at City and made his Barclays Premier League debut in the 2006/07 campaign, at 17 years of age. He made five league appearances in his first two seasons as a professional but came to prominence in the 2008/09 season, playing 26 times in all competitions.
He moved to Chelsea as a result and helped the Blues win the Barclays Premier League title in his first season with the club, making 13 league appearances. After scoring eight goals in matches for Bolton Wanderers during a loan spell in the second half of the 2010/11 season, he established himself as a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge under head coach Andre Villas-Boas during the 2011/12 campaign. He made 30 Premier League appearances and scored on 11 occasions.
Sturridge decided to end his four year stay at Stamford Bridge by joining Liverpool in January 2013. He made an instant impact at Anfield, netting 10 times in 14 Barclays Premier League appearances and helping the Reds put together an eight-match unbeaten run to finish seventh.
Sturridge made his debut for England in November 2011 and has gone on to bee a regular in the squad in recent times, winning six caps so far.