Villa have again been linked with a move for young Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, currently enjoying a fantastic loan spell with Bolton, as the 21-year-old has reiterated his desire to maintain first team football next season.With Chelsea unlikely to want to sell their hot prospect following a successful stint away from the club, a loan move for the former Man City man looks likely after the London club signed Fernando Torres to cast the youngster’s future, and that of the likes of Didier Drogba’s, in to doubt.
Sturridge has had this to say: “I want to play first-team football regularly for Chelsea but if the chances don’t come at Chelsea then I will have to try and look elsewhere. I do want to play regularly here but for me next season it’s very important to play first-team football. I love the club; I’ve been here now for a year-and-a-half and been on loan with Bolton. I don’t want to say that I’m going to leave the club. Whatever Chelsea decides (about a loan) it’s not for me to make that decision, but the only decision I can make is that I want to play first-team football.”
Since joining Bolton, Sturridge has netted 8 goals in just 11 games (10 starts) and alongside Darren Bent, has undoubtedly been one of the signings of the January transfer window. Assuming he is still in charge, Houllier will be hoping that the pair could compliment each other and continue their run of form into next season if Sturridge were to join the club.
The livewire frontman is a constant threat and has an average of 3.5 attempts at goal in a game, showing he is not afraid to shoot, especially with his favoured left foot. As well as having the most shots on average per game at the Reebok Stadium, he also attempts the most dribbles (1.6) but is also dispossessed more times in a match than any other player (2.4).
Whilst on the topic of young attacking talent, Villa’s out of contract forward Harry Forrester has reportedly caught the eye of Dutch champions Ajax whilst away on tour at the Hong Kong Sevens tournament with Villa. The 20-year-old was told he had no future at Villa beyond this season and looked set to join Championship outfit Barnsley ahead of next season. The Tykes boss Mark Robins has since quit his post meaning that the deal fell through and leading to a potential move to Holland for the youngster. Best of luck to Harry wherever he ends up!
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