Sunday, July 22, 2018

Bolton have little chance of keeping hold of Sturridge for next season

Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has admitted that a deal to bring on-loan striker Daniel Sturridge back to the Reebok Stadium next season will be very difficult.

The youngster has been in good form for Bolton since joining from Chelsea in the January transfer window and Bolton fans would like to see him remain in Lancashire next season.


Daniel Sturridge has been lauded as a star since he first broke through into the Manchester City team in his teens. At 21 he is starting to fulfil the promise he showed at City and regular first team football has helped his development no end.


Coyle told Sky Sports:

“It’s not rocket science to know that we would love to have Daniel here but for that to come to fruition then a number of things need to happen.

“Obviously Chelsea would need to give their blessing and Daniel would need to want to come back and play the part that he has to this point. That will be for the summer. I thank Chelsea for allowing us to have Daniel and it was always going to be a win-win situation.”


At both Manchester City and Chelsea Sturridge struggled to make an impact. Most of his appearances at his previous clubs came from the bench and he became frustrated. At Bolton though he has been a regular starter and it has helped the youngster develop into a better player.

He now looks ready to be a regular Premier League starter, unlikely when he was at Chelsea when he looked like a little boy lost at times. Owen Coyle deserves a lot of credit for help transforming him from a kid into a man.

The former-Burnley boss did a similar sort of thing with Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere last season and look at him now. His man management skills have to be praised and I’m sure as a Scot he wore a wry smile when he saw Wilshere make his international debut for England!


I believe Daniel Sturridge has shown in his time at Bolton already that he is ready to return to Chelsea a far better, more mature player. I’m sure the Blues know what a quality player Sturridge is and he has proved that he is now ready be a regular first team starter.


There are doubts about the future of veteran Chelsea strikers Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba so maybe the youngster would fancy his chances of regular football next season if either of the pair leaves the Bridge.

Not only could some of Chelsea’s players be leaving but boss Carlo Ancelotti could be leaving Stamford Bridge. Daniel Sturridge’s future will depend on who is in charge of the club next season.

If Ancelotti stays then the Italian is likely to reshape his Chelsea squad. However Ancelotti is believed to have impressed the former-AC Milan boss and if he stays at the club then the youngster is likely to play a major part for Chelsea’s first team next season.


Bolton have done a lot for the youngsters development. I can’t however see the youngster moving to the Reebok Stadium on a permanent deal. If he does leave Chelsea permanently in the summer I’m sure there would be a list of clubs chasing the youngster’s signature, many of them bigger names than Wanderers.

Can Bolton sign Daniel Sturridge this summer?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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