Bolton v Wolves- Preview

Last updated : 02 February 2011 By DSG

The striker will provide competition for Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander, while fellow January signing David Wheater could make his Premier League bow for the club after playing in the FA Cup draw with Wigan at the weekend.

Lee Chung-yong also comes into contention after returning from Asian Cup duty with South Korea, with Stuart Holden and Gary Cahill likely to be recalled after being rested in the cup.

The name Jack Wilshere was never far from Owen Coyle's lips as he discussed Sturridge's loan move to Bolton, and the Trotters manager is certain he has another future star on his hands.

Chelsea striker Sturridge has joined Wanderers on loan until the end of the season and will be looking to make as much of an impact as Wilshere, who moved to the Reebok Stadium on a similar deal 12 months ago and is now a regular in the Arsenal side.

The 19-year-old backed Sturridge's move on Twitter but his England Under-21 team-mate was prevented from talking over the benefits of a spell at Bolton after losing his phone.

Sturridge explained: "I lost my phone the other day so I didn't get to speak to anyone, I just went on what the manager told me and I know a few of the players here anyway so it wasn't a huge issue.

"I knew it was a great club and what the manager said to me was enough to convince me."

Sturridge has had only limited opportunities at Chelsea since leaving Manchester City 18 months ago, but has still managed four goals this season and Coyle is confident there is plenty more to come.

He said: "You look at the impact that Jack had last year and since he's gone back (to Arsenal).

"I think Fabio Capello's now talking about building the England team around him because of the quality he's shown, and he's continued to improve. Sometimes young players just need that opportunity and then their career just blossoms.

"When he (Sturridge) has had an opportunity to play he's shown everybody the quality he has and he'll get that opportunity at Bolton Wanderers, and it will be up to him to go and show, not only the Barclays Premier League, but the whole world the talent he has, because I certainly believe in it.

"The easiest thing for him would have been to sit on the bench at Chelsea but I think he's shown tremendous bravery to say, 'I want to come out and play and show everybody the quality I have'.

"And he's got to be applauded for that. That's part of his character and something that I really warmed to."

Wolves newcomer Jamie O'Hara is included in the squad after joining on loan from Tottenham for the remainder of the season after recovering from a long-term back problem. His last senior appearance was in the FA Cup final when on loan to Portsmouth.

Fellow midfielder Stephen Hunt will be sidelined for two to three weeks with a calf injury suffered in Sunday's FA Cup clash against Stoke, but striker Kevin Doyle has recovered from illness.

O'Hara is desperate to avoid double relegation despair and clinch a permanent move to Molineux in the summer.

He suffered the misery of being relegated with Portsmouth last season during a temporary spell at Fratton Park, but O'Hara is convinced the quality of players in Mick McCarthy's squad will ensure there is no repeat scenario.

O'Hara said: "It was not a nice feeling to go down with two months left of the season with Portsmouth. It was always a struggle there at Portsmouth. There was a lot of limelight on the team last season with everything that was going on.

"There was a lot of turmoil at the club which was a shame because it is a fantastic club, fantastic people there, a good squad, and everyone involved at the club was brilliant.

"I really enjoyed myself there and it was just a shame what happened. Hopefully they can build again to push back up. But I believe there is the quality in this squad to stay up and I hope something will happen in the summer to make things permanent.

"I don't know if anyone has said anything but there is an option in there to buy in the summer."

Source: DSG

Source: DSG