Sturridge is ready for Chelsea return

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On-loan Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge could return to the Blues line-up tomorrow and score goals according to Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle.

The 21-year-old forward has been a revelation for the Trotters since he joined them in the January transfer window, firing his sixth and seventh goals for Coyle's side in Saturday’s 3-0 demolition of West Ham at the Reebok Stadium.

And it's not just the statistics that suggest that Bolton have had the best of the mid-season transfer scrambling that saw Chelsea opt to bring £50million rated Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge on deadline day.

A move which incidentally paved the way for Sturridge to rejuvenate his fledgling Blues career with the Lancashire outfit.

With a considerable change of pace and burst of acceleration, Sturridge has shown a real cutting edge in front of goal to convert chances with certainty rather than the indecision of Torres who is still waiting to break his scoring duck for Chelsea.


And Coyle believes that Sturridge has the ability to compete for a starting place in Carlo Ancelotti's side along with the likes of Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

"Daniel can compete with that but to do it you need to be furnished with the opportunity.

"It is my belief that Sturridge can go into the Chelsea team tomorrow and score goals."

The Bolton boss has been a great advocate for providing a platform for up-and-coming talent to showcase their potential, and players have often flourished under his management.

Coyle would love to sign Sturridge on a permanent basis, but is realistic enough to know that his talent is destined for a bigger stage - something echoed by the player himself.

"I see my future with Chelsea," he said, which will no doubt be music to the ears of Blues fans. "I don't have any other aims but to become a regular there.

"If I can achieve that, then great, but if not I obviously would have to assess what's going to happen. But I'm a Chelsea player and I love playing for the club."

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