Who’s this Tottenham academy prodigy set to become Harry Kane’s backup? All you need to know

Everything You Need To Know About Tottenham’s Academy Prodigy – Kazaiah Sterling

Tottenham Hotspur have had to deal with a lot of snide ‘Harry Kane team’ comments this season. To offset that and ease the star player of some burden, Mauricio Pochettino signed Fernando Llorente. While the former Swansea star boasts of a wealth of experience, the fact is that his performances have been rather underwhelming on several occasions.

Now, Pochettino is known to be quite efficient at developing and nurturing young talent and anybody who has been following the club’s affairs will be aware of a certain Kazaiah Sterling. The teenage striker has been earmarked for a promotion to the first-team soon and he is being touted to be the club’s new backup for Harry Kane.

But how good is he? Let’s take a closer look at his profile.

History

Born in 1998 in London, England, Sterling initially embarked on his youth career with Leyton Orient. His performances attracted many an eye there and then eventually, he moved to Tottenham and started playing for the youth side.

The striker honed his skills and progressed through the ranks, following which he was awarded for his hard work with a promotion to the U18 side. He worked his way through the team for the next two years and then moved to the U23 side.

Sterling has played for them ever since and has occupied a pivotal role for the U23 side. Known for his stellar displays in the Premier League 2, FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League, it does seem like the player could be in line for a promotion to the first-team.

 

Playing Style

Sterling is an out-and-out predator with an eye for the goal even in the toughest of situations. He is blessed with quick feet, blinding pace and is extremely effective with the ball at his feet. He dribbles like a dream and can even play out wide whenever required.

He is filled with immense talent and is physically strong as well. In fact, in most situations, he uses his physicality to get the best of his opponents. However, one area he needs to work on is his composure during one-on-one situations.

Sterling’s Future

Given his potential and skills, Sterling could prove to be a wonderful choice for Tottenham going forward. He can add some much-needed boost in the final third as well and it is only a matter of time before he gets to make a name for himself with the first-team. Following Kane’s footsteps is an uphill task but if anybody can do it at this point, it is Sterling.

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Written by Meghna Sengupta

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