Cahill eyes Sturridge boost

Defender believes on-loan striker can gain springboard at Reebok

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Gary Cahill believes Daniel Sturridge can emulate Jack Wilshere and use Bolton Wanderers as a career springboard.

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The on-loan Chelsea striker has hit the ground running since joining the Trotters and notched his third goal in as many games in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Everton.

Wilshere also made rapid progress during his time on loan from Arsenal last term, with the 19-year-old now getting regular games on his return for Arsene Wenger's side, as well as making his first England start last week.

Cahill believes 21-year-old Sturridge can follow in Wilshere's footsteps and boost his career with an impressive loan spell under Owen Coyle.

He said: "Jack was fantastic when he was here. He used the club to get regular first-team football and it worked out brilliantly for him.

Unbelievable ability

"It can be the same for Daniel - he's a young player with unbelievable ability. He's scored three in three for us and you can see his confidence is high.

"At his age it's all about playing football and you need to be getting games in. That's what he'll do here, he'll go from strength to strength. He really does look a top-class performer at the minute."

He added: "At Chelsea, because of the calibre of strikers, he was finding it difficult to get games. He wanted to get first-team football and like Jack last season, he's taken it with both hands.

"Everyone is spending millions because goals win you games and they are hard to come by. Daniel has proved to be a real top-class bit of business for the club, and long may that continue.

"He's a real nice lad as well, down to earth, gets his head down, works hard and it's no coincidence when you do that, the rewards come."

Goals target

England defender Cahill was also on target against Everton, his header taking a deflection off John Heitinga for his first goal of the season.

He hopes more will come as he tries to fire the Trotters as far up the table as possible.

The defender added: "I'm having that goal, definitely. Sometimes you see me wandering around there up front, not really wanting to come back, I'm that eager to get on the scoresheet.

"This year has been hard to come by for goals, whereas I had quite a few at this stage last season. It was important that I got that up and running.

"I'd like to think that during the duration of a season I can contribute at least three goals, if not five."