Kazaiah Sterling says he wants to follow in the footsteps of Andros Townsend after completing a loan move to Sunderland.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker has moved to League One in search of more first-team football.
Sterling has moved to the Black Cats from Spurs following Josh Maja’s move to Bordeaux.
The striker has made just two senior appearances for the north London club, but has been capped at Under-17 and Under-18 levels by England.
Spurs have loaned out a number of players in recent seasons – Harry Kane notably played for the likes of Norwich City and Millwall before making his breakthrough – and the 20-year-old is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Andros Townsend, who took in nine loan spells before he was handed a first-team role.
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“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 gametime,” he told Chronicle Live.
“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 5mins.
“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.”
Sterling has taken the right step in his career.
The path to the top at Spurs is currently, understandably, blocked by Harry Kane, who has blossomed into a world-class player in north London, and his understudy Fernando Llorente.
Mauricio Pochettino is, of course, well-regarded in terms of bringing through youth prospects.
But taking a risk in moving down the leagues will likely raise Sterling’s profile in the eyes of his manager.
And, hopefully, for Spurs fans, he will return well-equipped to make a breakthrough for the north London outfit.