What do we know about Sturridge?

So its more or less confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti's first signing as Chelsea boss is Daniel Sturridge from Manchester City. Both side ...

So its more or less confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti's first signing as Chelsea boss is Daniel Sturridge from Manchester City. Both side are unable to agree a fee and so the fee will be decided by tribunal. This story was published earlier on my Blog and my feelings since then haven't changed I have to say.

So what do we know about Sturridge?.

According to Wikipedia:

"Sturridge was born September 1st, 1989 in Birmingham. He began his career at Aston Villa before moving to Coventry in 2002. He then move to the Manchester City Academy in 2003. The following season Sturridge was named Most Valuable Player in the Nike Cup (The worlds largest under 15's tournament).

At the age of 16 (2006) Sturridge starred in Man City's youth cup run and scored 4 goals on route to the final and another 2 in the final but they lost to Liverpool 3-2. The following summer Sturridge signed his first Professional contract.

The following season Sturridge became a regular training with the first team at City. He made his debut against Reading where he replaced Samaras for the last 15 mins. He made another substitute appearance later on in the season but then suffered a hip injury and kept him out for the rest of the season.

He scored his first goal for City in Jan 2008 and then his first league goal on his full debut against Derby County. However, first team opportunities were sporadic, so Sturridge continued to play for the youth team in the FA Youth Cup. Manchester City again reached the final, with Sturridge the leading scorer in the competition. This time City won the final, Sturridge scoring in the first leg. In the 2007–08 season, Sturridge became the only player ever to score in the Youth FA Cup, the FA Cup and the Premier League in the same season.

As of May 1 2009, after 16 appearances in the 2008–09 Premier League season, Sturridge has scored four goals and provided three assists. At the End of the 2008/2009 season, the Manchester City Fans officially voted Daniel Sturridge as the Manchester City Young Player of the Season."

So he comes to Chelsea with some Premier League experience but does this mean he is now one step ahead of Di Santo? Will Di Santo go on loan to Blackburn for a season now that Santa Cruz has moved to City?.

Is this really Ancelotti's first signing of Frank Arnesen's?.

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