Much like ex-City compatriots, Sturridge was a product of City’s youth system, joining in 2003 he spent three years in the academy before starting to commence his gradual transition to the first team.
The England international was the catalyst behind the FA Youth Cup win netting the most goals in the competition, in that same season he also scored in the FA Cup and the Premier League.
However, after contract negotiations took a turn for the worst, the two parties parted company on bad terms and City fans still have a sour taste in their mouths due to the situation and have lambasted the player since.
It was alleged that Daniel wanted 60,000 a week aged 18 which City deemed too substantial to even consider. Since his move to the Bridge, he has also played at Bolton and Liverpool, where he now applies his trade.
If Sturridge was to continue in a City shirt, I am highly doubtful he would still be here now due to his egocentricity and inbuilt endeavor to encounter new challenges. A Guardiola system doesn’t really suit his style of play, unlike other players listed who perhaps more so fitted the bill. Regardless of that, there is still an array of talent City have let slip, so let’s hope that is avoided as best as possible for the future generations.