Sturridge believes Cahill can achieve at Chelsea

Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge has backed new teammate Gary Cahill to make a good impression at Stamford Bridge and become a key part of the lineup, chelseafc.com reports. The £7m signing is expected to make his debut against Norwich City on Saturday and is hoping to form a key partnership with England captain John Terry ahead of the European Championships this summer.

The 22 year old was teammates with Cahill during his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers last season and has fond memories of the defender’s ability on and off the field. Sturridge has played with Cahill on international duty with England and believes that the 26 year old will fit in with the wealth of international talent at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has signed Cahill as a replacement for Brazilian defender Alex, whose proposed deal to West London rivals QPR has stalled over contract negotiations.

Sturridge said: ‘Gary is very good on the ball, very comfortable, very strong and has good speed. He has everything you need as a centre-half and when I was at Bolton he played some great balls for me from the back – it’s good to get him here. He is quite quiet but if you get to know him really well he will come out of his shell. He’s very down to earth.’

Cahill may not start for the Blues in this weekend’s clash against Norwich, but will almost certainly make an appearance and Sturridge insists that he is ready. The England forward has revealed that Cahill has settled quickly to life at Chelsea and has impressed the squad on the training field. Sturridge also predicted that Cahill, Terry and left-back Ashley Cole would be three of the England defence for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

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