Pochettino: Youngster will train with senior squad next season

By Alexander Ford

Kazaiah Sterling will begin to train with Tottenham Hotspur’s first-team next season, it has been revealed by boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The 18-year-old striker is well-thought of within the club’s academy and has been impressing the manager with his potential and ability.

Sterling has only made a handful of appearances for the youth side, however he has scored seven goals in 13 matches, making the Argentine take note.

Pochettino is known for bringing through talent from the academy, whether it be during his time at Spurs or Southampton, and developing them into key players for the side they are in.

When asked about the loan system that so many clubs use for their younger players to get game time, the manager told of his preference to keep them at home and train them with the senior players.

“I prefer to have our young players here and offer them the chance to be first-team players than send them out on loan,” Pochettino told the London Evening Standard.

“One example is Kazaiah Sterling.

“Next season he will be here and it means every day there is a young striker training with Harry Kane. There is no better teacher to learn from.”

Harry Kane came through the ranks at White Hart Lane and has become Spurs main man, although only being 23 years old.

The striker, who currently leads the goal scoring charts of the Premier League with 19, has also become an England international, where Sterling can look to him as a role model and the opportunity for him to train with him everyday can only be beneficial.