Sturridge wants centre forward role at Chelsea in 2012-13

The English striker was used mainly on the wing last year after breaking into the team but, after Didier Drogba's departure, the 22-year-old aims to be the main man
Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has reiterated his desire to play as a centre forward for the club next season following Didier Drogba's departure.

The attacker, currently representing Team GB at the Olympics, featured primarily on the wing in 2011-12 in his breakthrough season with the club, scoring 13 goals in all competitions.

"I've been waiting for the opportunity as a striker since I joined Chelsea and hopefully this season will be the one where I can show what I can do there," Sturridge told talkSPORT. "Hopefully the manager will give me a chance."

The former Manchester City player now faces more competition in attack following the summer additions of Marko Marin, Eden Hazard and his brother Thorgan, but says that he is glad that the Champions League winners are strengthening. However, he has reservations about how quickly the new faces will be able to adapt.

He added: "The club has bought very well. It's important that we have players like [Eden] Hazard who can make something happen out of nothing.

"It's important that we play together on a regular basis so we gain an understanding. When it's a player's first season it is difficult to get into the speed of the Premier League game, so it is going to be a difficult season for them.

"But I'm sure they are good enough individuals and, with the help of the senior players, they will be fine."