Hoddle warns Grealish and Sterling not to let their talent go to waste

Harry Redknapp with Glenn Hoddle at QPR training

The Aston Villa and Liverpool youngsters have both been in the newspapers for the wrong reasons recently.

Glenn Hoddle has given a warning to the likes of Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish about being mindful of how they are perceived after being captured in less than flattering circumstances this week, in an interview with Zapsportz.

Grealish was pictured reportedly drunk in the middle of a road while on holiday with friends in Spain, while pictures emerged of Sterling once again around people inhaling laughing gas.

The Tottenham legend and former England boss felt that while it was predictable that young players would let off steam in ways that many older members of society felt inappropriate, it was important that they eventually learned that such incidents would be detrimental to their career.

Hoddle was a prodigiously gifted talent himself, being regarded as one of Tottenham's best ever players after a 12-year spell in North London, but he has seen too many talented teammates and players under his subsequent periods of management that have failed to keep their focus on making a success of their time as a footballer.

“Whether you are caught taking laughing gas [Sterling], or caught being blotto in the street [Grealish], it all depends on how you deal with the consequences – and whether you take it from there," Hoddle told Zapsportz.

“There are only so many times you can get away with it, before it takes its toll, so you cannot continue to do it.

“But this is not something peculiar to the modern generation, it has been happening since back in the day.

“Its human nature, kids want to let off steam, so we shouldn’t get carried away saying it’s worse than it has ever been, because it’s no better or worse. It’s in their genes, young kids do silly things, but it’s how they learn from those experiences that counts."

For the 57-year-old, there is nothing different about how young players are behaving now compared to his own playing days, what is different though is that social media captures every poorly judged step made, painting people only as those not taking things seriously

“The problem with the modern era is social media," he added. "It catches you out, whereever you are, whatever you are doing.

It’s about the opportunities they have and how not to waste those opportunities… how to maximise those opportunities, to get the best from their talents.

“There has to be an awareness of how much they want it, to get to where they want to get to, and to be the best you can be."

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