By Josh Powell | Premier League
65 baby elephants or 1.2 million jelly babies? It’s a tough choice for anyone and a pipe dream for most, but as the scales of fortune tip Daniel Sturridge’s way, the 23-year-old has plenty of food for thought.
With Danny moving from Stamford Bridge to join Liverpool on a long-term deal, reports have surfaced of his whopping wage demands which come in at a staggering £80,000-a-week. In the world of football this is just small change to Roman Abramovich or Fenway Sports Group, the kind of loose money you find down the back of the couch, or underneath the seat of your Bentley. But is the Englishman really worth the big bucks?
This season Sturridge has notched one goal in 161 minutes of top-flight football. Compare that to Liverpool hot-shot Luis Suarez who has a goal every 131 minutes and one of the season’s best signings Michu, who has a goal every 133 minutes for Swansea.
Potential Chelsea signing Demba Ba is no stranger to the back of the net and has a goal every 128 minutes while Frank Lampard has shown he still has some shelf-life in him with a goal every 88 minutes. One of the league’s hottest properties Javier Hernandez has found the net every 75 minutes for league-leaders Manchester United.
Here at the Paddy Power Blog we’re helping Sturridge out by using some financial knowledge passed on by Harry Redknapp’s dog to point out some stunning potential purchases he should consider with his healthy pay cheque as he looks for more regular football at Anfield
- Seven weeks wages could buy him a brand spanking new Porsche 918 Spyder that goes from 0-60mph in a blistering 2.6 seconds. [Share this stat]
- Sturridge could buy 68 fry-ups every hour – it’s the kind of diet that Ricky Hatton used and he was a five-time world champion so it can’t be that bad.
- A little bit of courage to back the greatest darts player on earth, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor in-running at 5/2 with Paddy Power in Tuesday’s world final would have turned that weekly wage in to £280,000.
- If he ever got bored Sturridge could rent ‘Taken 2’ 40,000 times in a week from his local Blockbuster. I wouldn’t if I was him though. It was crap.
- With only 161 minutes of league action to his name Danny could go on the world’s most expensive cruise for 124 days and still have £4,000 a day spare in his back pocket.
- Danny would have to save up for just over a week to buy League Two top goalscorer Tom Pope from Port Vale. Pope could then teach Sturridge how to find the back of the net or maybe he could just make the tea and bring him the paper in the mornings.
Brendan Rodgers’ latest purchase should ease the pressure on Luis Suarez who has been red-hot in front of goal all season and help Liverpool continue their climb up the table. The Reds are 6/4 for a top six finish and 10/1 to end the season in the top four.