Wednesday 29 March 2017

Coyle thrilled with Sturridge impact

Newcastle 1 Bolton 1

damian spellman

Bolton manager Owen Coyle tipped striker Daniel Sturridge to follow in Jack Wilshere's footsteps after seeing him secure a point at Newcastle with his fourth goal in as many games.





The 21-year-old, who is on loan from Chelsea, fired the equaliser after 38 minutes at St James' Park to further enhance his blossoming reputation. Coyle has been delighted with Sturridge since his arrival, and is hopeful of reaping the same kind of benefits he received from Arsenal midfielder Wilshere last season.

"There's no doubt he is a natural goalscorer, but he is more than that, he is a natural footballer. He can finish left-foot, right-foot, he can score headed goals as well, but he has got pace to burn, he is a clever footballer and the great thing I love about him is he is exciting," enthused Coyle.

"I love football, I want to come and be entertained and when he gets the ball, everybody in the stadium thinks something exciting might happen. Jack Wilshere has taken his game to another level now, and I have got no doubts Daniel can -- that's why I brought him to the football club, because I believed he was that special."

Sturridge's strike cancelled out Kevin Nolan's 13th-minute header against his former club, the midfielder's 11th goal of the season, but was only enough to secure a point despite Ryan Taylor's 54th-minute sending-off.

Leon Best twice went close to extending the lead, but Bolton were level seven minutes before the break when Sturridge accepted Johan Elmander's pass before drilling home left-footed.

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