Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is thankful for his loan spell at Bolton, telling the Blues official website it has given him some of his best experience to be included in the Chelsea squad in the near future.
“It's great to have this opportunity and it has been good to show Chelsea what I'm all about,' Sturridge said.
“It was difficult for me not starting as many games as I'd have liked, as a young player with a lot of pressure you have to take the opportunities that are in front of you.”
The 21 year old has scored seven goals from ten appearances at Bolton, and remembers with fondness his first goal that got him started on his great run of form.
“It was amazing to come on and score on my debut,' Sturridge said.
“The manager told me before the game that he wouldn't start me because I had a little niggle when I arrived, but I went on and scored and it was great, then I started at the weekend against Spurs and got another goal so it was a good start.
“The manager has given me the opportunity to express myself and not worry about anything, just show what I can do, it's what he tells me before every game.
“He has shown a lot of confidence in me and in turn I feel a lot more confident now since I've been playing regularly. It is hard when you're not playing regularly to remain confident.”
Chelsea are relying on the wonderkid to set the standard for the younger generation at Stamford Bridge. While Sturridge may spend another year out on loan so he can stand up with the likes of Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Nikolas Anelka, the youngster says Bolton are giving him the confidence to reach his potential.
“Owen Coyle is a very good manager,” Sturridge said.
“As I said he has shown a lot of confidence, which I was lacking a little bit at Chelsea, and I can't speak highly enough of what he has done for me so far.
“I wouldn't have scored the goals I have done without this opportunity.
"It's been a good period for me so far playing for Bolton and I've been given an opportunity to play some regular first-team football and play 90 minutes, so it's superb for my career and it's helped me become a better player, hopefully for Chelsea's benefit."
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