Bolton boss Owen Coyle tipped striker Daniel Sturridge to follow in Jack Wilshere's footsteps after seeing him secure a point at Newcastle with his fourth goal in as many games.

The 21-year-old, who is on loan at the Reebok Stadium from Chelsea, fired the equaliser after 38 minutes at St James' Park to further enhance his blossoming reputation. Coyle has been delighted with Sturridge's contribution since his arrival last month, and is hopeful of reaping the same kind of benefits he received from Arsenal midfielder Wilshere last season.

He said: "There's no doubt he is a natural goalscorer, but he is more than that, he is a natural footballer. Jack Wilshere has taken his game to another level now, and I have got no doubts Daniel can - that's why I brought him to the football club, because I believed he was that special."

He added: "He can finish left-foot, right-foot, he can score headed goals as well, but he has got pace to burn, he is a clever football and the great thing I love about him is he is exciting.

"I love football, I want to come and be entertained and when he gets the ball, everybody in the stadium thinks something exciting might happen. That's the type of player we want in the Barclays Premier League.

"I have seen him for a number of years and I did everything in my power to bring him to the football club, knowing the impact he could have.

"Daniel is going to continue to get better. Hopefully, we can help, we can hopefully impart some knowledge, experience, whatever you want to call it.

"But the biggest player in all this will be Daniel, because he is the one who has to go and deliver on it when he crosses the white line, and he has certainly started in the right fashion.

"I have said to him in there, 'don't be happy just to score one a game, get your goal and then go and be hungry to get the second one', which he is because he is such a natural goalscorer and a finisher."

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