Owen Coyle refuses to discuss Daniel Sturridge’s future at Bolton

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Owen Coyle refuses to discuss Daniel Sturridge’s future at Bolton


Owen Coyle, the Bolton Wanderers boss, refused to comment on the possibility of his side trying to sign Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge on a more permanent basis. The youngster transferred to Bolton over the January transfer window on a loan deal for the remainder of the season and has been in excellent form since then. Sturridge has scored thrice in three appearances, which led to the question if Coyle would want to sign the striker during the summer transfer window.

Coyle insisted he had not thought about a possibility of bringing Sturridge to Bolton during the summer and said that it could wait until May. The Bolton manager was confident the striker was on his way into becoming one of the best strikers in the Premier League if he maintained his form. He said while speaking to reporters, “Chelsea certainly have some of the world's finest strikers and Daniel, I believe, can really push himself into that category if he continues to develop.”

Daniel Sturridge was loaned out to Bolton so the under-21 England international could get more first team experience. Especially since the arrival of Fernando Torres on the deadline day of the January transfer it was understood the 21 year old would not receive many opportunities to feature for the Blues. A move to Bolton was thought to be a better option for him since he would play first team football in the English Premier League and gain valuable experience before returning to Stamford Bridge.

The 21 year old has made the most of the move, scoring three goals in three games. However, he made it clear upon his arrival at Bolton that he wished to return to Chelsea after the end of the current season. He said he believed he had a chance of securing a place in the Chelsea squad despite having to compete with the likes of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres. Sturridge might have changed his mind after his terrific start for Bolton though; Coyle was full of praise for the striker. He said, “He looks as if he's enjoying himself when he's playing. He lights the stadium up when he receives the ball because you think something exciting is going to happen.”

Coyle was pleased with his sides somewhat unexpected 2-0 win over Everton. He admitted he was extremely pleased to have secured all three points against the Toffees. He continued, “We knew we would have to be at a very high intensity to stop them playing because of their quality, and I felt we did that. Having done that, we moved the ball very well ourselves. I thought it was a terrific advertisement for the Barclays Premier League and I'm delighted to get the three points.”


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