Coyle - Sturridge can be a star
Bolton manager Owen Coyle thinks that Daniel Sturridge has the potential to become a star.
Last Updated: 27/02/11 9:12am
Bolton manager Owen Coyle thinks that Daniel Sturridge has the potential to become a star in the Premier League in a repeat of Jack Wilshere's rise to prominence.
The 21-year-old striker scored his fourth goal in as many appearances since joining on loan from Chelsea in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Newcastle.
Sturridge pounced to cancel out former Bolton ace Kevin Nolan's opener and Coyle was more than happy with the equaliser.
Having managed Arsenal's Wilshere during a loan spell at the Reebok Stadium last season, Bolton's manager can see similarities.
Coyle said of Sturridge: "He is a natural goalscorer, but he is more than that. I think he is a natural footballer.
"He can finish, left foot, right foot, he will score headed goals and he has got pace to burn. He is a clever footballer.
"The great thing I love about him is that he is exciting."
Knowledge and experience
Coyle added: "Daniel is going to continue to get better. Hopefully we can help and impart some knowledge and experience.
"But the biggest player in all this is Daniel because he is the one who has to go and deliver when he crosses the white line and he has certainly started in the right fashion."
Asked about helping Sturridge in a similar fashion to now England international Wilshere, Coyle said: "If any credit is being given out, it is to the players themselves.
"I like to think that as a manager you can try and help them, but they are the lads that have to go and show it week in, week out in the best league in the world.
"Jack Wilshere has taken his game to another level, and I've got no doubts Daniel can. That is why I brought him to the football club, because I believe he is that special."