April 28, 2011

Owen Coyle looks to extend Daniel Sturridge’s loan spell at Bolton

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has been impressed with on loan Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge since his arrival at the club, and is hopeful that the northern club could land him for another spell next year.

The pacy striker has found first team opportunities limited under Carlo Ancelotti and has only made two starts since his transfer from Manchester City to the London club back in July 2009.

Despite this the 21 year old has excelled on loan at the Reebok Arena, finding the back of the net and putting in excellent performances due to the fact he is given gametime.

“Daniel will have an opportunity at Chelsea when he goes back – but they are a formidable team. Daniel is making his way in the game and is set for a glittering career. But like Jack Wilshere last year, he will need to continue playing to do that,” Coyle stated.

Sturridge is due to return to Chelsea in June, but the Trotters boss has said that he would be willing to take the player back if he found first team opportunties at The Blues limited.

“If the situation comes around where he is not [playing], then we will always be in the market for that type of player,” Coyle continued.

Coyle was full of praise for the England under 21 man and feels the chance to start the majority of matches has helped him grow as a player.

“Daniel has taken confidence from starting here. It’s what comes from being an integral part of what you are doing. You develop as a character and as a person, too. Daniel and Jack, before him, felt a part of what we were doing here. I think it has helped them.”

Sturridge has bagged seven goals this campaign whilst on loan at Bolton, and will look to feature more in the Chelsea starting XI upon his return. However should this not happen the striker could find himself back at the Reebok Stadium.

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