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Sturridge: I can reach 20 goals for Chelsea

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Sturridge has been Torres' back-up. (©GettyImages)
Sturridge has been Torres' back-up. (©GettyImages).

Daniel Sturridge believes he has the ability to score 20 goals in a single season, but says he would only be able to do so if provided with a regular run in the Chelsea team.

The 23-year-old has made only six Premier League appearances for Chelsea this term - all of which have come as a substitute - with Roberto di Matteo favouring Fernando Torres as his first-choice striker.

With Torres, and before him Didier Drogba, above Sturridge in the Chelsea selection order, the England international has struggled to outline his credentials as a genuine centre-forward during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Given his current predicament at Chelsea, then, it would appear that 20-goal haul for Sturridge would be some way off, although Torres also fails to show he is capable to reaching such heights.

Sturridge, though, knows he has the ability to be among the most potent strikers in the Premier League, if only he was given an opportunity to prove his worth with Chelsea.

"I'd hope so. It's always difficult to say I'd score 20 goals a season. But if any player's given a regular run then you'd hope that if they're playing at a top club and given opportunities to score goals they'd be able to do that," Sturridge told a press conference.

"I do believe I'm a centre-forward, I do believe I'd be able to help the team win games. Whether I can do that by scoring goals, making assists, just being there, being a physical presence – whatever I can do to help the team win I'll try and do that."

Sturridge could be granted his wish of central forward position on Wednesday, when he takes his place among Roy Hodgson's England squad to take on Sweden.

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