Sterling can prove his worth to Tottenham at Sunderland

Kazaiah Sterling has taken the bold step of dropping down the leagues to achieve his Tottenham Hotspur dreams.

The striker, just 20, has moved on loan to Sunderland in a bid to gain first-team football away from north London.

Replacing Josh Maja, who joined Bordeaux in January, Sterling has big shoes to fill.

Maja scored 15 goals in 24 League One outings this season and was linked with a clutch of clubs before his move to Ligue 1, including Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town and Manchester City, per the Guardian.

He took the intriguing step of moving to France instead and Sterling has taken the plunge to replace him.

The Spurs striker has already explained his reasoning for the move, insisting that he needed to step out of his comfort zone in order to catch the eye of Mauricio Pochettino.

The likes of Harry Kane and Andros Townsend before him have left Spurs on loan before making their breakthroughs at White Hart Lane. The latter played for nine separate clubs before becoming a first-team regular at Spurs.

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Sterling has taken a brave decision and could thrive as a result, while Sunderland fans should be excited by the prospect of having a new striker at their disposal.

He has been prolific at youth level, scoring 16 goals in 38 games for Spurs’ Under-23 side, as well as 10 in 24 for the Under-18 side.

He has played twice for the senior side and even featured in the FA Cup loss to Crystal Palace in January, coming on as a second-half substitute.

Sterling has also been capped at Under-17 and Under-18 level by England and has scored for both teams.

It is a tough ask for him to immediately step into Maja’s shoes – the striker, also 20 – had marked himself out as one of the top goalscoring talents outside of the Premier League.

But Sterling has all the attributes in his locker to help Sunderland cope without him, and can prove his worth to Spurs along the way.