1. Daniel Sturridge
The top signing of the mid season window was undoubtedly Daniel Sturridge's loan move to Owen Coyles Bolton side, and subsequent goal scoring run. His goals have come along with various other threats posed over the course of the matches he has played. Against Everton, he was a fast, committed and threatening presence for the Everton back line to attempt to marshal. He managed to outfox them in the end, stealthily arriving at the far post to exquisitely dispatch the ball to the back of the net.
It is an amusing thing that with all the hype surrounding other multi-million pound transfers all of these, though there are other good stories in comparison with Sturridge's recent performances, they are seem merely average transitions, for a bigger contribution has not been made by a transferred player in the window gone.
The Chelsea player has shown the ability that had him rated so highly at Manchester City, which of course led to him moving to Chelsea. In a funny way Chelsea have discovered perhaps a future duo in the last few weeks who could effectively usher in a new period of strength. Sturridge has made everyone sit up and take notice again, sometimes players can't pull that off, he has, which shows he is a gifted individual and he has a lot of high quality football ahead of him potentially.
David Luis is mentioned later in this slideshow and it is not far fetched at the moment to think, that if form for these two Chelsea club mates is significant for a reasonable period of games, or displayed in important and crucial split second contributions to matches, then these two will be odds on to be team mates next season.
Owen Coyle has done an excellent piece of business with this transfer, and he himself has recently admitted that the more goals Sturridge scores, while good for Bolton, just puts him further out of Bolton's reach as a potential signing. With his parent club and its recent struggle for goals and subsequent signing of a new highly rated striker, while one was waiting in the reserves, who was loaned out, with out much fanfare, to a club considered to not be a threat to Chelsea. That striker Sturridge, has scored four goals in four games for the club he has joined, making him an instant hit and the "buy" of the transfer round so far, effectively re-energizing Bolton's season.
Sturridge said in an interview after the move that, “The manager wanted me to come here to play first-team football, and as soon as he said those words I was straight down the motorway. It was an easy decision for me because at Chelsea I wasn't playing regularly.”
You would think Carlo Ancelotti would be vaguely amused by Sturridge blazing form at this stage, especially with the crucial and calming win over United, but if certain strikers continue their current form, some one will look rather silly, though of course, you would think a player of the caliber of Fernando Torres will soon end his slump.
Sturridge has signaled his intent so far though, and would dearly love to carry on this form, with play that would cause Chelsea to bring him back into the picture as soon as they can, for the simple reason that they have an aging strike force, with Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba. Of course, both are still playing well, Drogba perhaps not as you would expect, but he did have a bout of malaria to deal with earlier this season. They could have a few years to play a part yet, as certain veterans have at United. At this stage though, it seems fairly logical that Sturridge will return to Chelsea or be snapped up by some other club, Coyle of course, leading the charge.