Although we’re yet to find out the extent of Callum Wilson’s hamstring injury, the early signs don’t look great.
The Northern Echo reported on Monday that the club fear he’ll be missing for the majority of what remains of 2020 – a grim prospect given we have 10 games, including a cup quarter final at Brentford, between now and January 2nd.
Considering he’s been involved in eight of our ten goals so fa this season (six goals and two assists) and given us a totally new and much needed threat in and around the box, it goes without saying that he’d be a monumental miss.
Add to that the fact Dwight Gayle is injured (and not likely to be ready for another month), Andy Carroll is looking way out of sorts at this level (and without a Premier League goal for almost three years) and Joelinton just isn’t a striker, it really feels like we need another option should Wilson’s injury be a bad one.
With all the above in mind, it may be a good time to mention Daniel Sturridge is available on a free.
It’s hypothetical of course and highly unlikely, but with all of his options behind Wilson either unfit or unreliable for one reason or another, desperate times may cause for desperate measures.
Sturridge has had his fair share of injury issues, but 77 goals and 29 assists in 218 Premier League appearances is some going and he’s still only 31, with him currently a free agent after leaving Turkish side Trabzonspor earlier this year.
During that time in Turkey he bagged seven goals and four assists in 16 games and is believed to have been working hard in the gym over the past few months as he looks to land a new club.
He’s no Callum Wilson, but when Carroll and Joelinton are the only options if bad news arrives on our current No 13 in the coming days, it wouldn’t be the worst move in the world.