Sturridge - I'm a striker

Image: Daniel Sturridge: Youngster has been a useful player for Chelsea this season

Chelsea attacker Daniel Sturridge says that he prefers playing as a centre-forward to featuring as a wide player.

Chelsea youngster draws inspiration from Thierry Henry

Chelsea attacker Daniel Sturridge says that he prefers playing as a centre-forward to featuring as a wide player. The 22-year-old has been an important player for the Blues this campaign and has been deployed mainly as a winger. Although the England international is happy contributing to Chelsea as he is asked to, he has made it clear that he sees himself playing as a striker in the future.

Not complaining

"I do still see myself as a striker but I am doing a job for the team and I'm enjoying doing it," said Sturridge. "If I'm playing, I can't complain about which position. As long as I'm starting, that's what matters most. "I've grown up a lot since I first joined Chelsea. I've got a lot more experience and belief in myself."
Modelling on Henry
Sturridge also added that he draws inspiration from French legend Thierry Henry, who played as a winger at Juventus before being converted into a top-class striker by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. "I definitely think playing out wide will improve me," he enthused. "Henry played wide for Juventus and then went to Arsenal and played as a centre-forward. "Wenger knew he was a centre-forward before he joined, and when he went there, his game went up so high. "He's an example of one player I look at and think when I get back in the middle - and it's only a matter of time - then I will be a lot better than previously. "Fitness-wise, it helps you so much playing on the wing as it's a completely different job - you do a lot more runs than you do up front."

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