The name of Jack Wilshere was never far from Owen Coyle's lips as he discussed Daniel Sturridge's loan move to Bolton yesterday, and the Scottish manager is certain he has another future star on his hands.
Chelsea striker Sturridge has joined Wanderers on loan until the end of the season and will be looking to make as much of an impact as Wilshere, who moved to the Reebok Stadium on a similar deal 12 months ago and is now a regular in the Arsenal side.
The 19-year-old backed Sturridge's move on Twitter but his England Under-21 team-mate was prevented from talking over the benefits of a spell at Bolton after losing his phone.
Sturridge explained: "I lost my phone the other day so I didn't get to speak to anyone, I just went on what the manager told me and I know a few of the players here anyway, so it wasn't a huge issue. I knew it was a great club and what the manager said was enough to convince me."
Sturridge has had only limited opportunities at Chelsea since leaving Manchester City 18 months ago, but has still managed four goals this season and Coyle is confident there is plenty more to come.
He said: "You look at the impact that Jack had last year and since he's gone back [to Arsenal]. I think Fabio Capello's now talking about building the England team around him because of the quality he's shown, and he's continued to improve. Sometimes young players just need that opportunity.
"When he [Sturridge] has had an opportunity to play he's shown everybody the quality he has and he'll get that opportunity at Bolton, and it will be up to him to go and show the talent he has, because I certainly believe in it.
"The easiest thing for him would have been to sit on the bench at Chelsea but I think he's shown tremendous bravery to say, 'I want to come out and play and show everybody the quality I have'."
Sturridge, who is set to make his debut against Wolves tonight, is certainly not guaranteed to walk into the Bolton team, with captain Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander both enjoying impressive seasons.
The Swede, in particular, has appeared a player transformed after struggling in his first two seasons in England, and Sturridge revealed that had been a major factor in his decision to come to Bolton. "Kevin Davies is the best target man in the country," he added. "No one else can do what he does. He's a fighter, I've never seen a player win so many headers in my life. He's a strong player and he can score goals and he's got a good touch as well.
"Elmander's a skilful player and he's started to gain confidence since he started playing under Owen Coyle, and that's the main reason I came here, because I know he'll be able to instil some confidence in me and I can start playing some good football also."Reuse content