Assigning footballers to their most natural positions can, on face value, appear to be something straight out of the logic of Occam's Razor… that the simplest explanation is often the most accurate. In this case, if you put a natural winger on the flank then he will play a good game.
For one school of Argentine thought, this is not so. The most technically-exquisite and often, in simplest terms, the best player, is immediately put into the middle of the park and ordered to pull the strings, to make the plays, regardless of the position they have adopted, learned and been training in.
For Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, this may not be the case as he has claimed that, in a recent interview with Sport magazine, that to get the best out of players, particularly forwards such as himself, Daniel Welbeck and Wayne Rooney, position them at the top of the formation.
Indeed, Rooney's form this season is perhaps evidence that this may be the case, but one need look no further than Sturridge's performances - not just this season but upon signing for Brendan Rodgers - as to what his best position is… an, in his own words, 'out and out striker'.
He said: 'That's what Rodgers has given me… the opportunity to show [it]. If you ask Rooney or Welbeck, they would say the same. None of us see ourselves as wingers or midfielders. We do a job for the team out there but it changes your game when you play out of position.
'Sometimes it hinders your performance,'he added.
Sturridge became the fastest player in Liverpool history to return 20 goals when he scored in his 26 appearance for the club (a feat that puts him ahead of Anfield icons Robbie Fowler, Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush and Kevin Keegan).
Sturridge has a good passing accuracy (20%) and he's not a strictly selfish player (he's created nine chances in the Premier League, assisted twice and even played a crucial role in aiding Luis Suarez's goal tally) but there's only one statistic he is currently praised for - goals - and he currently has eight in the division, meaning he returns once every 101 minutes on average.
Sturridge argues though that the thought process is not to go out there and break the net: 'Whether scoring or not, I try to have the same mentality. If you get yourself into that mode where goals are what's going to make you tick, then ten matches without one and your game goes out the window - it's doomsday! Whether I score or not, I go in as if last week didn't happen.'
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