Daniel Sturridge wants to emulate Thierry Henry

 

Chelsea star Daniel Sturridge has drawn inspiration from Thierry Henry has he looks to evolve from a winger into a centre-forward.

England prospect Sturridge has made no secret of his desire to be a number nine for both club and country but believes his time out wide could ultimately make him a better striker.

The 22-year-old's role model is Arsenal legend Henry, who became the club's record goalscorer after being converted to a centre-forward by manager Arsene Wenger.

"I definitely think playing out wide will improve me," Sturridge said.

"Henry played wide for Juventus and then went to Arsenal and played as a centre-forward.

"Wenger knew he was a centre-forward before he joined, and when he went there, his game went up so high.

"He's an example of one player I look at and think when I get back in the middle - and it's only a matter of time - then I will be a lot better than previously.

"Fitness-wise, it helps you so much playing on the wing as it's a completely different job - you do a lot more runs than you do up front.

"I do still see myself as a striker but I am doing a job for the team and I'm enjoying doing it. If I'm playing, I can't complain about which position. As long as I'm starting, that's what matters most.

"I've grown up a lot since I first joined Chelsea.

"I've got a lot more experience and belief in myself."

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