CHELSEA chief Roberto Di Matteo believes Danny Sturridge has the talent to become one of the Premier League's brightest stars.
The 22-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2009 and has broken into the first-team setup this season after learning his trade at Bolton.
Popular with axed boss Andre Villas-Boas, Sturridge has kept his place in the side under newly appointed interim manager Di Matteo.
But while the England star has netted a respectable 11 times for the Blues this season, he has only found himself on the scoresheet once in 2012.
However, with continued exposure to first-team football and the help of his team-mates, Di Matteo thinks Sturridge can become a key player at Chelsea.
Di Matteo said: "He [Sturridge] is a fantastic player and has some incredible ability. I think he will be very important for us because there arent that many kind of players with that kind of ability in the Premier League.
"We forget that he is a very young man. This is his first full season with this club and we tend to forget that. He is still developing as a player and will become better but there is certainly some incredible talent. He can help the team win games.
"I think he can play down the centre. I think he has the ability to play in both positions [at centre forward and wide on the right]. I wouldnt think its difficult to play for the team, every player has to put his individual abilities in the team, for the benefit of the team - that is what I believe."
Sturridge is likely to be given another chance to add to his goalscoring tally when Chelsea travel to his former club Manchester City this evening.
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