Chelsea striker Danny Sturridge is delighted to be establishing himself in Andre Villas-Boas' plans.

Sturridge struck twice in victory at Newcastle United.

"On a personal note, it's good to be playing in the team," said Sturridge, who hailed the influence Nicolas Anelka has had on his career, starting from their days together at Manchester City.

"I always will have respect for the likes of Nico. He's helped me so much from my first training session at Man City.

"I remember looking up and thinking, 'Wow, I'm training with Nicolas Anelka'.

"I'll always have that respect for all those senior players."