The 28-year-old England striker’s loan move from Liverpool might be easier to stomach for Baggies’ fans if he’d managed to score.
Sturridge was brought in on a £120,000-a-week deal to get the goals which would take the club to Premier League safety.
West Brom are footing all of his wages and also agreed a £2m loan fee with Liverpool.
But in the six games he’s been at The Hawthorns, Sturridge hasn’t completed a game and hasn’t hit the net in a total of 77 minutes spread over three appearances.
West Brom have lost all six games since his arrival and now look certain to be relegated from the top flight as they sit on the bottom eight points adrift of the safety mark.
Sturridge’s recovery from a hamstring injury means he’s not in contention to face Leicester tomorrow but it is hoped he will be ready for the trip to Bournemouth next week.
By then the player will have picked up almost £800,000 in wages and with half the loan fee taken into account, will have clocked up a bill of almost £2m.
Taking on Sturridge was always a risk but West Brom were happy to take it in the hope that his undoubted talent could bring the goals to get them safe.
He started with a 12 minute appearance as a sub in the 3-0 defeat at his former club Manchester City before lasting 62 minutes in the 3-2 defeat to Southampton.
In the following game against Chelsea he limped off after just three minutes and has been seen on the pitch since.
He only had five starts for Liverpool all season and his last game was in the Champions League against Spartak Moscow in early December.
Sturridge turned down Newcastle in the hope of boosting his claims for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Russia.
But any hopes of that look to have gone up in smoke as he fails to convince anyone that his fitness can be relied upon.