We still have that Sturridge. Agreed, he's lost some pace.. but he can still go quick, he's got the skills, and the unbelievable scoring ability.
What he needs is game time. All pre-season he was constantly talking about "minutes", and its true. He knows it. He wants it.
Give him game time, and we will see his confidence surge, and his skill and goals will flow. What he has now is a bit part role, a few minutes here and there, a run out in a B team... it's just not enough. Sadly, I'm not convinced he will get it.
Sturridge will get one run (maybe a start in an important match), and he will be quickly criticised for failing to score, or he will get taken off again part way through.