During the build-up to the season many fans hoped there would be a place for Daniel Sturridge in Chelsea’s first team as he had just had a great spell on-loan at Bolton and many speculated on how Andre Villas-Boas would use the young forward.
A fair few Chelsea fans and bloggers out there suggested that Sturridge could do for Chelsea what Hulk did for Porto whilst AVB was there, cutting in from wide onto his stronger foot and providing both a goal and creative threat.
Well, it seems as though Villas-Boas has been impressed by the young Englishman and believes he has some similarities to Porto’s Hulk:
“I am not sure how his career will evolve, he has natural ability to play on the right flank, he has the opportunity to offer me the characteristics I had with Hulk when I was at Porto, He creates unpredictability.
“He has been performing well for the team. He is an extremely quick player, and he has technique at pace. You get plenty of pacy players, but what is important is that he arrives with the ball, he can control it and do something with it. That is what he offers.
“We have been using Daniel in a different positions, Fernando has been playing in a striking position and we’ve been using Daniel on the right, coming inside. So, normally, they are not competing for the same position and I spoke with Daniel about it in the beginning when I brought him over. Daniel is extremely happy in that position as well. I think it favours his natural and technical abilities and his pace. So he is competing for right- and left-winger positions.”
Sturridge has performed well since coming into the side following his early season suspension and has scored three, assisted one in five games. But for all his goals, technical ability and pace, he somehow hasn’t been picked for the England squad to play Montenegro.