Sturridge: I 'Begged' For Bolton Loan

  • March 23, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Daniel Sturridge says he 'begged' Chelsea to let him join Bolton, where he spent four months during the 2010/11 campaign.

Sturridge played 12 times for Wanderers between January and May 2011, scoring eight times as Owen Coyle's side escaped from relegation and advanced to the semi-final stage of the FA Cup.

The 24-year-old moved to Liverpool in a £12million deal in January 2013 and has gone on to score 33 goals in just 42 appearances for Brendan Rodgers' side, but he says he will be forever grateful for his brief stint at the Reebok Stadium - where he was first given the opportunity to showcase his skills to a Premier League audience on a regular basis.

"At Chelsea, when Andre Villas-Boas was there and I played more - on the right wing mainly - I was enjoying it," Sturridge told Sky Sports. "It wasn't about the position, it was about playing.

"But then AVB got fired, (Roberto) Di Matteo got the job and I was out of the team again. I felt I couldn't sit on the bench any longer as I had got used to playing. I was enjoying the feeling of putting my kit on and being on the pitch. I lost my love for the game at that point because I was back at square one.

"I wanted to learn from Didier Drogba and Nico Anelka. I thought when Didier moved on, I would be next in line but it wasn't the case.

"In the end I begged chief executive Ron Gourlay to let me join Bolton on loan. At Bolton, Owen Coyle changed my life completely. I was in the first team, playing centre-forward and had a chance to show the world how I could play.

"I will always be thankful to Owen and Bolton for what they did for me."

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