Much has been made of Roberto Mancini’s handling of Mario Balotelli in recent weeks, but the way he has eased Carlos Tévez back into Manchester City’s first team should be commended.
He inspired the comeback against Chelsea last month before netting his first goal of the season in the 4-0 romp against West Bromich Albion.
But the potential partnership between Sergio Aguero and Tévez was highlighted in the 6-1 thumping of Norwich City on Saturday, and after missing most of the season there is undoubtedly more to come from the former Manchester United striker after his hat-trick.
If he were to help City overhaul their neighbours’ lead at the top of the table all of his misdemeanours this season will be forgotten and his name will go down in folklore at the Etihad Stadium.
After two impressive half-seasons in the Premier League – one at Bolton last year and the start of this season at Chelsea – Sturridge seems to think he has made it.
His stroppy demeanour and selfish attitude on the pitch led to him being booed of the field against Wigan Athletic by some sections of the Chelsea support.
Many were quick to condemn his detractors but understood the frustrations surrounding a player who boasts unquestionable talent with the ability to excite an entire stadium.
But what Sturridge must realise is that he hasn’t made it yet. On many occasions he has chosen to ignore team-mates in a better position than himself which, in turn, has led to similar things happening to him.
Chelsea can help him shine and develop into a quality player, but confirming in his own mind how good he thinks he is now could ruin a gifted young player.
There was a point during Blackburn Rovers’ clash with Liverpool at Ewood Park on Tuesday night where you got the sense that their season was riding on them getting a dramatic winner.
Having climbed back from the precipice to level the score at 2-2, if any of Steve Kean’s men were to somehow find another then it could inspire them to a great escape.
But the opposite happened. Andy Carroll popped up with a late winner and, four days later, Blackburn slumped to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea City.
That’s five defeats on the bounce now, and the momentum is clearly with their relegation rivals Wigan Athletic after their recent run of great form.
It’s a shame because Blackburn are a great club who add a lot to the Premier League, but it’s starting to look like there is no way back for them with a tough run-in to negotiate.
They surely can’t expect anything out of trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, making home clashes with Norwich and Wigan absolutely vital.
Six points from those four games could be just enough to see them over the line, but the situation is looking bleak.
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