The Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has said that he is extremely confident that he will be able to score at least 20 goals in a season if he is given the chance by the manager.

The 23-year-old came to prominence at the club during the time of Andre Villas-Boas, but soon found himself as one of the regular substitute under the current manager Roberto di Matteo. He scored close to 15 goals last season, with a majority of them coming during the first half of the season under Andre Villas-Boas. This season, Roberto di Matteo has used Fernando Torres in every match of the season apart from one.

This has meant that Daniel Sturridge has been only on the bench with his game time coming in the form of late substitute appearances. Even then, he has scored a few goals for the club including the final goal in the 4-2 win over Tottenham. He has been recently selected for the England friendly match against Sweden, despite not having played much for Chelsea this season. He has said that he is patiently waiting for this chance to get into the team, and when he does, he believes that he can score 20 goals a season. Torres has scored seven goals in his 19 appearances this season.

"I'd hope so. It's always difficult to say I'd score 20 goals a season. 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. I do believe I'm a centre-forward, I do believe I'd be able to help the team win games," said Daniel Sturridge. Torres has been suffering from yet another crisis of confidence in recent weeks. His poor performances might mean that Sturridge could have an opportunity against West Brom this weekend.