Ok, so when you say that former Derby County forward Dean Sturridge is your Uncle, people don’t expect you to know how to kick a ball, let alone score. Daniel Sturridge, however, is re-writing his family tree legacy with 6 goals in 8 appearances for Bolton Wanderers; the loan signing from Chelsea looks like arguably the best acquisition of the January transfer window.
Sturridge was an exciting prospect while at Manchester City, but then again anybody under the age of 20 at a big club is always billed as ‘the future’. The Englishman is now finally living up to that billing, and showing why everybody associated with Man City was gutted about losing the up-and-coming star to their ‘top four’ rivals Chelsea.
Sturridge made a blistering start to his Bolton Wanderers career, becoming only the sixth player in Premier League history to score in his first four games for his club. The on loan forward has all the qualities a top forward needs – pace, movement and clinical finishing in front of goal. The Chelsea forward has demonstrated all these attributes in abundance, from his first goal for Bolton capitalising on a defensive lapse by the Wolverhampton Wanderers defence, to curling a stunning opener in his most recent game against West Ham United.
The forward is due to return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, but is returning to the capital the best move for the young striker? After being very much a ‘bit-part’ player so far during his Chelsea career would Sturridge’s recent form propel him to a first team regular at Chelsea? Yet one thing is for certain, Sturridge would not accept a place warming the bench after thriving in Owen Coyle’s starting eleven. There may well be opportunities for Sturridge at the Bridge next season, if the reported summer ‘clear-out’ happens with the likes of Drogba, Kalou and Malouda all said to be heading for the exit doors; the England U-21 star can’t be taking risks at the chance of playing regularly next season, though, as his career has stalled since moving to London. That, coupled with Ancelotti’s obvious view that the impotent Fernando Torres is his main man, means perhaps Sturridge should be looking to make his loan move a permanent switch back up North.