Tottenham Hotspur have a number of talented youngsters out on loan at the moment, including Kazaiah Sterling at Sunderland.
Spending several periods out on loan to various lower league clubs in the main modern route for academy youngsters to break into the first team.
However, Sterling has struggled for minutes since moving to the Black Cats, something that undermines the point of the move to start with.
If he is just going to sit on the bench or in the reserves, he may as well have stayed in the Spurs youth set up.
Luckily, Sterling has slowly but surely been able to climb the ranks at Sunderland, and was rewarded with his first goal on Wednesday.
Hopefully this will give the youngster the confidence to continue taking his chances and cement himself as one of the first choice forwards at the club for the rest of the season.
Sterling has now spoken out on his move and the effort he has had to put in (SunderlandEcho): “It was a really good feeling getting my first goal for Sunderland, especially as it was a goal that really helped the team.
“To be fair we felt in control at that stage but you never know with these games. One goal and they’re back in it, so getting a third goal was really important.
“We’ve got loads of games coming up and the gaffer said just to be ready when the chance comes. That means working hard in training and keeping doing what I’ve been doing so that when the chance comes in I’m in a position to take it.
“It’s hard but at the end of the day I didn’t just come around to sit here and relax, I came here to work hard. Even if I’m not playing, working hard means working hard off the pitch, in training, everything. It’s not just about the games.
“I think I’ve learned a lot coming here. I’ve learned a lot from the senior players and even the younger players playing in the first team. Everyone’s helped me a lot with my learning.
“I felt sharp when I came on because I’ve been working hard in training. Everyone has been, which means I have to work hard too. If everyone else is sharp then I’m sharp as well. We’re all helping each other through this.
“All I can do now is keep working hard and when I’m given the chance, keep doing as well as I can.”
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