For some time now, Kazaiah Sterling has been on the fringes of the Tottenham squad and labelled as one of the brightest young talents in the ranks. Injury to Harry Kane may now provide him with a rare opportunity.
Having made his debut against APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League last season, he was on the bench for the win over Fulham last weekend as Tottenham face a striker crisis with no solution seemingly imminent.
However, given his return of four goals and two assists in seven games for the club’s under 23s side, he may be worth gambling on if Daniel Levy is reluctant to spend big on a quality replacement in attack.
Quick and powerful, he would provide some much needed pace which the likes of Fernando Llorente cannot offer, whilst it is already clear that Mauricio Pochettino does not count on Vincent Janssen at all.
A homegrown talent, Sterling may not be the ideal alternative, but given the lack of quality available options, he may be the kind of short-term fix that Pochettino may gamble on.
Given his willingness to put his faith in young players throughout his time at the club, there is no reason to suggest that Pochettino would be reluctant to add Sterling to the likes of Luke Amos and Oliver Skipp in stepping up this season.