With Didier Drogba (amongst others) heading off to the African Cup of Nations, its just as well that we have some quality strikers to fall back on. Daniel Sturridge proved on Sunday that he has the quality to take over where Didier Drogba left off.
With the games that are coming up over the next few weeks, Sturridge will have the chance to prove that not only does he have the pace and finishing prowess to compete with the best, but he also has the power to challenge the burly Premier League centre-backs.
He may still be just 20-years-old and learning, but he has developed superbly in the reserves since he moved over from Manchester City last year as a raw talent. Sturridge was in the right place at the right time for the first goal, knocking in at the back post after a JT header, whilst he showed his clinical ice-cold finishing with his second of the game after great work by Zhirkov.
Carlo Ancelotti was clearly impressed with his two well-taken goals. "He has a lot of potential and great quality and he can show that on the pitch in January," said Ancelotti. "Without Drogba, it is important to have him in good condition."
With Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Salomon Kalou and John Obi Mikel on Africa Cup of Nations duty, we need the youngsters like Daniel to shine.