Coyle urges Sturridge to focus

The 21-year-old has been a revelation since moving to the Reebok
Stadium in January and scored his seventh goal in nine games in
Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal. Sturridge was a thorn in the
Gunners’ side all afternoon and also won a penalty that would have
put Bolton two goals ahead had captain Kevin Davies been able to
convert it. Sturridge’s form has seen him linked with a senior
England call-up and Coyle has no doubts he can follow in the
footsteps of former Bolton loanee Jack Wilshere, now a key member
of the Arsenal and England sides, provided he keeps the right
attitude. The Trotters boss said: “How he’s developed from being a
young boy into a man is testimony to him, and Daniel can do the
exact same thing. I’ve loved working with both of them. “Whatever’s
going to come will come his way anyway but he has to make sure that
he’s concentrating on his job and continues his progress because we
all know in football that if you don’t then the rug gets pulled
from under your feet. “I’ve stressed to Daniel on a daily basis
that every time he crosses that white line he has to keep showing
people that he’s the real deal, which he is. “He’s been doing it to
this point but we’ve got five big games between now and the end of
the season and I want him to continue that development.” Coyle
admitted when Sturridge arrived at the club that he was not
expecting to be able to make the move permanent and that is a
discussion he will leave for the end of the season. He added: “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.” Sunday’s impressive victory ensured Bolton put behind
them at the first opportunity their 5-0 thrashing by Stoke in the
FA Cup semi-finals a week earlier. Wednesday sees the Trotters back
in action with a Premier League trip to Fulham, and Coyle insisted
he had no doubts his players would respond in the right manner. He
said: “I didn’t worry with this group of players. What happened, as
hurtful as it was, it was a freak. We’ve played 41 games and there
haven’t been many of those where we haven’t reached a certain
standard. “We had to try to bounce back quickly. We had six games
at that point and we wanted to try to get as many points as we
could to continue the progress we’ve made at the football club. “We
managed to do that on Sunday and now we move on to a very tough
game at Fulham. “They’re a quality side, they played ever so well
at Wolves at the weekend, but it’s another opportunity to get a
win. We’ve won there in the cup this year and we have to try to do
it again.” Victory on Wednesday night would take Bolton above
Everton into seventh place and maintain their slim hopes of
securing a Europa League spot. Coyle added: “Where we sit in the
league we recognise there’s a clamour of clubs behind us hoping to
continue their improvement and move up the league and equally we’ve
got to look above us to Everton and Liverpool and try to capitalise
on our game in hand tomorrow night.”