STURRIDGE: CAHILL TO CLIMB

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

Daniel Sturridge has played both with and against Gary Cahill in the previous 12 months, and believes the defender will quickly settle into life at Stamford Bridge.

The 22-year-old was a team-mate of Cahill's for the second half of last season when on loan at Bolton, and saw first-hand the centre-back's capabilities. Sturridge also made his England debut against Sweden in November, a game in which Cahill was earning his seventh cap.

The 6ft 3in arrival could make his Chelsea debut at Norwich on Saturday, and Sturridge insists he has all the necessary characteristics to fit right in.

'He has settled in very well very quickly and shown his qualities on the training field, and the lads have made him feel very welcome,' Sturridge said.

'Gary is very good on the ball, very comfortable, very strong and has good speed. He has everything you need as a centre-half and when I was at Bolton he played some great balls for me from the back - it's good to get him here.

'He is quite quiet but if you get to know him really well he will come out of his shell. He's very down to earth. I met him on holiday a few years ago in Mexico and we got talking and went out together with our families and had a good time. So when I went to Bolton we got on well and kept in touch. He's a very nice guy and a great addition to the squad.'

Sturridge also believes Cahill's arrival in west London can boost his international chances, although of course there is strong competition just get into the Chelsea side.

'I think if he is playing from now until the end of the season alongside John Terry and Ashley Cole then it should only be the right-back position available in the England starting 11,' argued the forward. 'It would be difficult to see how someone outside of Chelsea could change that as long as everything is going well for this team.'

In Norwich we meet the ninth-placed side in the table, which like ourselves is unbeaten in 2012. Sturridge expects a difficult time in East Anglia.

'Norwich have played some good football this season. The teams that get promoted will give you a surprise, like Swansea outplaying Arsenal last week,' commented the forward. 'The standards of promoted sides have been a bit more than the norm, they all have good attacking players and have shown a lot of quality.

'I didn't play in the game at Stamford Bridge in August, but I remember they created a few chances against us, they did very well. Steve Morison had a one-on-one I think, Grant Holt had a couple and they really pushed us but our mentality showed in the end.

'This time we have to go away and it will be difficult, their fans will want to be there to see them beat Chelsea and it's important we show what we can do and play our football.'

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