Cahill backs Sturridge to emulate Wilshere loan success



Bolton and England centre back Gary Cahill has backed Daniel Sturridge to emulate Jack Wilshere and kick on from his Bolton loan spell.

Wilshere spent the last six months of last season on loan, and has gone on to become a first team fixture at the Emirates and has made his first England appearance as well.

Onloan 21-year-old Chelsea striker Sturridge has made an instant impact at Bolton, scoring three goals in as many games for his new club.

Cahill believes the striker can follow in Wishere’s footsteps and launch his career from this loan spell.

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.

“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 continued, “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.”

Cahill has developed a goal threat himself, scoring against Everton for his first of the season and hopes to add more before the season is out.

The England international 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.”

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