Coyle: Sturridge Is A 'Natural Footballer'

  • February 26, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Following Bolton's 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at St James' Park, Owen Coyle insists Daniel Sturridge has all the tools to become a top player in the game.

After falling behind to an early Kevin Nolan header, Wanderers equalised before the break thanks to a fine strike from Sturridge, his fourth goal in four games since joining on loan from Chelsea.

That strike meant Sturridge became only the second Bolton player to score in four consecutive Premier League games, following in the footsteps of Michael Ricketts, prompting praise from the Trotters boss.

"He is a natural goalscorer, but he is more than that," Coyle told Sky Sports. "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.

"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."

Coyle also praised the rest of his team after the draw halted a run of six successive defeats on the road in the league.

The Wanderers boss believes his side could have taken all three points from the game, but was happy to settle for one, which moves his side up to seventh in the table.

"It's another great point," Coyle told the club's official website.

"We scored a very good goal and it was a terrific game with two teams that were going all out to win the match.

"Newcastle have been on a terrific run of form of late and we knew we would need to be at our maximum.

"We started well but found ourselves a goal down. Again the belief and quality we've got shone through as we not only got ourselves back in the game, but we were on top for large parts.

"It was a terrific finish from Daniel and we went onto create numerous chances and certainly could have gone in at half-time with the lead.

"We came out for the second-half well and we're very much in the ascendancy but all credit to Newcastle. Whilst we created a few more half-chances they defended well.

"We looked a real threat every time we go up the park and in the wide areas we looked to get crosses in. We're also showing a real resilience in the defensive areas.

"It wasn't easy to pick the team today because I've probably got 17 players who are worthy of a starting jersey. That's a nice problem to have as a manager because it means we've got players playing at the top of their game and long may that continue."

Wanderers return to action next Saturday when they will be looking to make it five games unbeaten when Aston Villa visit the Reebok Stadium.

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