Dean Sturridge

Dean Sturridge

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Dean Constantine Sturridge (born 26 July 1973 in Birmingham, England) is an English former footballer who played as a striker.

Playing career

Derby County

Sturridge began his career as a trainee at Derby County, and worked his way through the ranks to make his first team debut on 11 January 1992 in a 1-0 defeat at Southend United.

He gained more first team action over the next years, particularly at lowly Torquay United during a loan spell in the 1994-95 season, where he gained many admirers for his performances. He then returned to score 20 goals that fired Derby to the Premier League. His first year in the top flight was also successful, scoring 11 league goals, including one of the goals of the season against Arsenal.

He played five seasons in the Premier League for the club, and is their record goalscorer in the Premier League era (32 Premier League goals). After 9 years service, he left for local rivals Leicester City in January 2001 for £375,000.

Leicester City

Sturridge's time at Leicester was far less successful than at Derby, and the subsequent big money (£5million) buy of Ade Akinbiyi saw his place often under threat. He scored 7 goals during 25 appearances in total before being loaned to First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers in November 2001, just 10 months after his arrival at Filbert Street.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

His time at Wolves started brightly as he netted four times in his opening two games. This convinced the club to...
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