Sturridge happy to lend a hand

The 21-year-old striker offered his parent club a helping hand over

the weekend when he netted for loan employers Bolton in a 2-1

victory over Arsenal, his seventh goal of a productive short-term

spell. Defeat for the Gunners at the Reebok Stadium all but ended

their hopes of taking the top flight crown, leaving Chelsea and

Manchester United to battle it out at the summit. Sturridge is set

to see out the season with the Trotters, meaning he will not be

back at Stamford Bridge until the summer, but he is delighted to

have played a small part in aiding the cause of Carlo Ancelotti’s

side. He said: “I think I’ve done the boys at Chelsea a bit of a

favour. I’m sure I’ll be getting a few texts. “At the moment I’m

just pleased to help Bolton but to be able to help my actual club

too is great. “I think this result makes it a two-horse race. It’s

between Chelsea and Manchester United now. “It’s going to be a

tense four games but hopefully Chelsea will take the title.”

Sturridge was sent out on loan by the Blues following their

record-breaking capture of Fernando Torres and, despite the

Spaniard providing him with stiff competition for a place at

Stamford Bridge, he was happy to see the £50million man get

off the mark against West Ham on Saturday. He added: “I was

delighted to see Torres get his first goal. “I hope I can get to

double figures for Bolton. It would be amazing.”