Kazaiah Sterling speaks out on Sunderland loan

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have a healthy group of emerging youngsters from their academy at the moment, all hoping to follow in the footsteps on Harry Winks and Harry Kane.

Of course, the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters, Luke Amos, and Oliver Skipp have all featured over the past season, but Kazaiah Sterling, Troy Parrott, and Shayon Harrison are also looking to play their way into Poch’s plans.

Sterling made his domestic debut in the FA Cup against Crystal Palace last month, as well as having a cameo in the Champions League last season.

This implies that Pochettino is very keen on the young striker, and has now sent him out on loan to get him some regular first team football.

Sterling joined Sunderland for a six-month loan spell at the end of the January window, with his one concern being game time at the League One outfit, apart from that, he had no doubts about his move.

He told the Chronicle: “No, not if it meant I got game time. That was what was really important to me, and as long as I had the chance, I was willing to do it.

“There was never really a doubt for me about going to play in League One. I felt that this was the right time for me to go out on loan.

“And Sunderland is such a big club, you don’t often get opportunities like this, especially for my first loan.

“I’ve played quite a lot of youth football and it was really important for my development for me to go out on loan and get game time.

“That [the chance of involvement at Spurs] was definitely on my mind but I felt that, turning 20, this would be a better chance for me to play regular football rather than get on for five mins.

“It’s always a dilemma but you have to come out of your comfort zone.

“If you look at players like Harry Kane and Andros Townsend, they stepped out of their comfort zone even earlier than I have and that has helped shape them into the players they are today.

“It’s not just about on the pitch, but also off it – little things like being away from home, which helps you mature as a player.”

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