The 23-year-old is desperate for more regular starts – he’s made 11 of his 12 appearances this season from the bench and has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in January.
Sturridge was utilized last season as a winger – at the time Chelsea already had Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres vying for the frontman position and with both ahead of him in the pecking order, the Englishman found himself working his industry out on the flanks.
This season, with Drogba departed, Torres has been Di Matteo’s main man – but still Sturridge can’t seem to prove to his manager that he is worthy of starting games for the Blues.
“It's always difficult to say I'd score 20 goals a season," said the forward.
"But if any player's given a regular run then you'd hope that if they're playing at a top club and given opportunities to score goals they'd be able to do that.”
Sturridge has also seen himself fall out of favour in the England setup – he’s appeared just three times at senior level and has yet to score a goal for his country. He was one of the U21 side’s hottest future prospects but has failed to fulfil that potential at senior level – possibly because he needs more games to find his form and develop his play.
On loan in 2011 at Bolton Wanderers, he scored 8 goals in 12 appearances, alluding to his talent which, given a good run of starts, would likely see him become the 20-goal-a-season striker he was heralded as.
"I do believe I'm a centre-forward, I do believe I'd be able to help the team win games. Whether I can do that by scoring goals, making assists, just being there, being a physical presence – whatever I can do to help the team win I'll try and do that," he added.
His words will likely fall on deaf ears though as Chelsea prepare a move for Athletico Madrid goal-machine Radamel Falcao who looks increasingly likely to be bought by the European champions in January.
Sturridge would be best advised to make a move elsewhere in the New Year – otherwise he could see his career side-lined on the bench.
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