17/04/2024

In one of the biggest moves in A-League Men history, Daniel Sturridge will call Perth home for 2021-22. (Photo: Perth Glory/Instagram)

Ahead of Perth Glory's first game of the 2021/22 A-League Men season on Saturday night, find out a bit more about the year's biggest import.

With the A-League Men season starting up this week, The Inner Sanctum football team takes a look at some of the new imports for each club.

It doesn’t get much bigger than this, with ex-Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge announced as one of Perth Glory’s marquee signings for 2021-22.

He’s had his highs and lows throughout his career, but the 32-year-old could be set to light up the A-League Men competition this season. Here’s a brief look of his footballing career so far.

Roots:

Born in Birmingham, he started out his junior career with local team Cadbury Athletic. He then moved on to the academies at Aston Villa, Coventry City and Manchester City.

The 2004 Nike Cup was his biggest moment in his youth career. That tournament he won the Cup with Man City, and was named top goalscorer and player of the tournament.

Three years later he made his senior debut as a substitute in City’s 2-0 loss to Reading. He went on to play in five more games in his first two seasons, scoring his debut goal versus Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

2008-09 saw him get more game time under new manager Mark Hughes, playing in 26 games. He scored four goals that season before moving on to Chelsea

Rise to Stardom:

Initially struggling for minutes with Chelsea, he was loaned out to the Bolton Wanderers in 2011. Making an immediate impact with his new club, he scored eight goals in only 12 appearances.

Returning to Chelsea for the 2011/12 season he became the main man up front, scoring 11 goals in 30 EPL appearances and 13 in 43 appearances in all competitions that season.

That same season he made his England debut in November 2011 in a 1-0 victory over Sweden. He added another appearance in February 2012, named Man of the Match in England’s loss to the Netherlands.

He struggled for minutes at the start of 2012/13 due to injury and a new manager, before he moved on to Liverpool. After that transfer he yet again made an immediate impact, scoring 11 goals in only 16 appearances for the Reds.

But it was 2013/14 where he became a superstar, forming a lethal duo up front with Luis Suárez. That season he scored 26 in 37 for club and country, including 21 goals in the EPL.

After that super season, he made his World Cup debut. He played in all three games for the Three Lions, scoring his only goal in their opening game versus Italy as they went down in the group stage.

Struggles and Moving On:

The 2013-14 season was the high of his career, with Sturridge struggling to reach those heights again due to many soft-tissue injuries.

He managed 117 appearances between 2014 and 2019. However during that time, he only managed to score 32 goals.

Sturridge also played 11 more times with England, scoring three goals during that period. However since 2017 he hasn’t played with the Three Lions.

Eventually he made a permanent move in 2019/20 to Turkish side Trabzonspor. He made 16 appearances that season, scoring seven goals in all competitions for the club.

But after only six months in Turkey he was released, going on to be suspended for four months due to breaching betting rules.

New Home Down Under:

19 months after that scandal, Sturridge eventually found a new home in hot and sunny Perth.

The striker was welcomed into the A-League with one of the biggest reactions to a signing announcement the Australian competition has seen yet.

He’ll form a lethal duo up front with Uruguayan star Bruno Fornaroli, who’s coming off yet another terrific season which saw him finish third in the Golden Boot.

They’ll look to help the Glory as they look to push for finals yet again following a ninth-placed finish in season 2020/21.

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