A Closer Look: Kazaiah Sterling

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

The youngest member of Pochettino’s 22 man squad, Kazaiah Sterling, is also the latest goalscorer for Tottenham Hotspur, having scored his first senior goal today against Hong Kong champions Kitchee SC today.

Kazaiah Sterling was born in Enfield on November 9th 1998 and currently plays with the Tottenham Under 18s. Sterling is an out-and-out striker and started his prolific youth career at Spurs as he meant to go on, scoring in a 2-0 FA Youth Cup semi final 1st leg victory over Chelsea at the age of 15. For the Under 16s, Sterling also scored 3 goals in a further 12 appearances.

In the 2015/16 season, Sterling made three appearances for the Tottenham Under 23s during the Premier League 2 campaign. At just 16 years of age, Sterling was one of the youngest squad members, but still managed to find the net once during those 3 appearances.

Over the course of the 2016/17 season, Sterling made 27 appearances for the Tottenham Under 18s and made a goal-scoring return of 11 successful strikes across 5 different competitions. The 18 year old also chipped in with 3 assists, but was at his most deadly once again in the FA Youth Cup, scoring 4 goals in 4 games.

On the international stage, Sterling has represented England at the Under 17 and Under 18 level. For the Under 17s, Sterling scored 3 goals in 9 games, whereas for the Under 18s, Sterling bagged 1 goal with just 101 minutes of game-time.

Now, on his debut outing with the first team, it took Sterling just 23 minutes to score his first goal for the senior team in today’s friendly versus Kitchee SC. The youngster looked pacey as well as composed on the ball, and appears to be a real prospect for the club showcasing football competence well beyond his young years. Hopefully his goal-scoring touch can emulate that of successive Golden Boot winner, Harry Kane.

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  1. More kids coming through, Sterling, Miller, Amos, Lesniak all look ok but for me, the best performance was N’Koudou, better than Zaha any day. Pace and a willingness to take players on. Janssen looked good too, as did Wimmer. As for Sissoko, best get his bags packed, he’s a total disaster. BUT, with Winks to be joined by Carter-Vickers, Walker-Peters, Onomah and even Harrison, Edwards and Tracey, we are looking a bit special.


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