Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge believes that team-mate Fernando Torres will hit the back of the net sooner than later.
The young Englishman is ready to make his first start for the new Premier League season against Sunderland after being under a three match ban, because of a red card on the final day of last season while on loan at Bolton.
However, Sturridge believes that his return to Chelsea’s line-up will not threaten Torres’s position at the club, saying to talkSPORT: “For me, he’s still a world class striker and it’s only a matter of time before he’s firing again.
“I think myself and Juan Mata, if we play together, will make sure of it and he’ll certainly get a lot of opportunities with me playing in the team alongside him if the manager feels that’s right.
“He’s been at the top for years and obviously there has been a blip since coming here but we play well together and the future is good for Chelsea football club.”
The 21-year-old also tried to give Torres the benefit of the doubt, saying that it takes time to settle into new surroundings.
Sturridge added: “It’s just about finding form and that can be difficult when you move to a new club and are in a new environment, but I believe he will be firing in goals this season and I’m sure he’ll have a great year.”
The England star also revealed that Chelsea’s striking trio of Torres, Nicolas Anelka, and Didier Drogba, have all helped him settle at Stamford Bridge after his loan spell.
“They’ve been there when I’ve been going through different things like injuries so it’s been great to have such good footballers around me,” he concluded.