It was announced today that Chelsea youngsters Ryan Bertrand and Daniel Sturridge have both been selected for Team GB’s Olympic squad.
This is the best possible news for all involved in the club and the development of both these talented players.
Ryan has had a rollercoaster ride so far for the blues having had to spend most of his time playing youth and reserve football, he finally broke through last season when Roberto Di Matteo put his faith in the young full back, picking him for a number of FA Cup and league matches, along with the memorable Champions League final, when he picked Bertrand over Florent Malouda. What an immense achievement for the twenty-two year old full back.
Imagine if you’re a young left back coming through the ranks at Chelsea, you are attempting to break into the first team, then you realise that the player in your position is arguably the best left-back in the world, Ashley Cole. For most people that would be a hugely de-moralising situation, but for Ryan, he battled on and gained his deserved chance.
Bertrand has shown great promise this season, and his performance in the Champions League final was brilliant, he played like one of the more mature members of the squad, nothing phased him. He played more than his part in that final showing his spirited desire to win. The next Ashley Cole without a doubt, he is competent on the ball, good defending and very capable going forward.
Team GB Manager Stuart Pearce has decided to reward Ryan with a call up to the Olympic squad and he looks set for a starting place, a perfect opportunity for him to prove once again, that he is not just here to back up Ashley Cole.
Daniel Sturridge on the other hand, has had more of a mixed time at Chelsea since arriving from Manchester City. He has shown glimpses of what a superb player he can be, he’s quick, skilful, has a thunderous left foot and he scores goals. Unfortunately he has received his critics this season with many pundits and supporters alike, claiming he can be a selfish player. Along with this his attitude hasn’t been right, he doesn’t seem to play as a team player, and when things don’t go his way, his head drops.
Danny has split the Chelsea supporters down the middle, I believe they all know what a quality player he is, but they want to see him putting his neck on the line for the cause and for the club.
Personally I have enjoyed watching Sturridge play for Chelsea, he’s exciting and will always look to go past a player rather than pass backwards, to me, that is good positive play.
Today Sturridge will be on cloud nine to have received the call-up, I want him to grasp this opportunity with both hands and prove to the world on this big stage, what a true talent he is.
He has been quoted saying that he would rather play as the main striker, in a centre forwards role. He hasn’t been given the chance to play there at Chelsea, having always been used as a winger. I’d like to see him play as the main striker, I think his finishing abilities, his pace and his runs would make him a useful prospect in that position.
Rumours have been circulating today that Stuart Pearce is ready to hand Sturridge his desired role as the main striker, if that doesn’t go to his head, I have a really positive feeling that he will conquer.
There is no doubt that the Chelsea fans will get behind the two Chelsea boys in the Olympics, and no doubt they will prove they’re worth.
Best of luck Danny and Ryan, we’re all routing for you.
You can catch the boy’s progress starting on 26th July when Great Britain face Senegal in they’re first game at the Olympics.
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