Sturridge shocked by FIFA rating
The latest Teammates video from the FA is an instant classic. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is paired with his buddy Raheem Sterling, now at Manchester City but once of Liverpool, to see how well they know one another.
What they discover is that they barely know themselves and they’re shocked about what they find out.
Sturridge is ambushed by the chaps at EA Sports when he finds out how they’re assessing his talents.
He’s clearly offended when he finds out that his pace in FIFA 18 is an unremarkable 76.
He says: “I’m one of the fastest strikers in the Premier League.
“For them to put a 76 down there is a disrespect to my credibility, it’s a disrespect to my integrity, to my name.”
Sterling is just as bemused by the discovery. It’s revealed after he’s asked a question about what Sturridge’s best attribute is in the latest FIFA game. He’s torn between shooting and pace, eventually finding out it was the former.
Sturridge doesn’t play FIFA anymore and enquires about how high his shooting is.
The fact that it’s 82 clearly doesn’t sit right with the Liverpool forward so he continues to ask questions.
So why is Daniel Sturridge rated so lowly?
The reason we would guess is that he’s been plagued by injury for several years now. He hasn’t played 30 games in a season since Liverpool came close to winning the title in 2013-14.
Limited appearances mean that he’s only hit double figures in one campaign since then. His new role as a benchwarmer (when fit) has clearly affected how EA Sports view his ability. Is that fair?
Just because Sturridge has been affected by injuries over the last few years doesn’t necessarily mean he’s lost his pace. But we can understand the thinking behind EA Sports’ rating.
It has been suggested over the years that a lot of Sturridge’s injury problems are psychological.
This can be a real slap in the face to a professional athlete. Perhaps this idea of him not being willing to put his body on the line has affected how his raw physical stats are created.