Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate Kazaiah Sterling looks like he’s heading for a dismal end to his career in north London. Like many other players, the striker hoped he would follow in similar footsteps to club legend Harry Kane but unfortunately, he has fallen short of the mark.
Despite showing his skill in the club’s reserve leagues, Sterling has failed to make it count during his loan spell with Southend United this season. In fact, all of the 22-year-old’s loan stints have been disappointing and he has struggled to replicate his form from playing in the Tottenham youth sides.
As it stands, the striker has made just two senior appearances for Spurs and it doesn’t look like he will get any more chances.
His current contract is due to expire next summer and there have been no talks of integrating Sterling into the first team. Despite Mauricio Pochettino handing him his debut in the Champions League in 2017, the forward has struggled to grab the attention of current boss, Jose Mourinho.
Sterling has featured ten times for Southend this campaign but has only managed to score the one goal. His strike came in a 6-1 demolishing at the hands of Colchester United which knocked them out of the EFL Cup. He is also yet to score in the league and has been on the winning side just once out of eight matches played, via Transfermarkt.
It’s not a promising look for a 22-year-old Spurs prospect to struggle to find the back of the net in League Two. It’s certainly not likely that he will return from loan and begin training with the senior squad, especially with Mourinho now firmly setting his sights on winning the league with the Lilywhites.
Sterling will have the likes of Troy Parrott and potentially Carlos Vinicius to contend with when he returns too.
Despite former coach Ugo Ehiogu lauding Sterling as a “combative” attacking player, the reality is that he just isn’t up for the task of Premier League football.