Ehiogu praises Spurs' Kazaiah Sterling after extraordinary 7-4 Under-21 win

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The 16-year-old forward made a sensational first appearance for Tottenham's Under-21 side against Leicester City.

Tottenham development coach Ugo Ehiogu has praised young attacker Kazaiah Sterling after the 16-year-old scored on his debut for the Spurs Under-21 side, in an interview with the club website.

Sterling is one of the jewels in Tottenham's youth groups, and is seemingly moving up way ahead of schedule having impressed in what was an extraordinary 7-4 defeat of Leicester City on Monday, where he scored the opener in the first half.

"I thought Kaz did very well up against two big, 6'4" centre halves," Ehiogu told the Spurs site. "We believe Kaz is good enough which is why he gets an opportunity.

"Technically, he's able to deal with it, it's just whether he can make that match up physically and mentally and Kaz did that today. I was pleased for him to get on the scoresheet."

Sterling certainly has plenty of good role models to look up to as he seeks to eventually make the step up to the Tottenham first team.

Harry Kane has spectacularly burst onto the scene over the last couple of seasons,and become one of the few strikers in recent years to emerge from his club's academy and establish himself both in the top flight and in the England team. Other attacking players such as Andros Townsend, Alex Pritchard and Josh Onomah have also found squad roles in Mauricio Pochettino's group of players.

Given Sterling's diminutive stature, he may well end up as a wide forward rather than a striker, but having netted on his Under-21 debut, despite being several years younger than many players on display, while also netting on his England Under-18 debut against the Netherlands earlier in September, he could bring his pace and direct running into central attacking areas as he grows older.

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