Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has backed Daniel Sturridge to succeed at Stamford Bridge, and is eagerly anticipating his return to the first-team squad next season.
Sturridge completed a successful loan spell at Bolton Wanderers where he netted 8 goals in 12 appearances for the Trotters – form that has prompted Owen Coyle to try and strike another deal for the prolific frontman next campaign.
But Cole believes the 21-year-old striker is ready to make the step up to the Blues squad, and believes Sturridge can have the same impact at Chelsea if he’s given his chance.
"I saw Daniel Sturridge recently and look at what he has done at Bolton," he said.
"I knew what he could do. I've seen him in training and he's honestly one of the hardest players I've ever had to mark. His movement is unreal."
Sturridge will still have to battle his way past top strikers Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and £50m hitman Fernando Torres, to make the starting line-up at Chelsea, something that Cole believes he is capable of.
"Hopefully when he comes back next season he'll see more opportunities and bang goals in for us like he has done for Bolton."
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