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Tottenham man will be hopeful he can soon kick start his EFL loan spell after manager’s injury update

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…

When they work, the decision by certain Premier League sides to send their younger players out on loan to teams further down the football pyramid can appear to be a big success.

Not only does it allow those clubs in football’s top-flight to develop their young prospects, but for the players themselves, it is an opportunity to get used to the trials and tribulations of playing senior first-team football on a regular basis, which, if they are successful in doing, can be just as effective for the club who is taking the player on loan.

Unfortunately, however, that is not always the case, and if a player finds himself spending the vast majority of his loan spell on the sidelines, then it is a deal that is not going to benefit anyone.

Admittedly, it is not always easy to tell whether a loan will be a success or not straight away, and one player who probably still finds himself in that corridor of uncertainty is Tottenham’s Kazaiah Sterling.

Currently, Sterling is still in the early stages of a season-long loan with Doncaster Rovers in League One, and so far, you feel it will have been a frustrating temporary spell at the Keepmoat Stadium for the attacker.

Having made four appearances in all competitions for Darren Moore’s side since the start of the campaign, scoring once in an EFL Trophy win over Lincoln City, Sterling has been absent since the start of September due to injury.

But while he will surely have been frustrated by his spell on the sidelines – which won’t have been helped by an apparent misdiagnosis of the thigh injury as a dead leg – Sterling will now feel as though he has an opportunity to prove his point to both those at the Keepmoat Stadium, and his parent club.

Providing an update recently on the situation involving Sterling, Moore revealed that he is hopeful the attacker is closing in on a return to action, and given Doncaster’s performances so far this season, the 20-year-old may feel that he could yet have a significant contribution to make this season.

Despite some impressive performances at the start of the campaign, which have left Doncaster tenth in the third tier standings, there are some concerns about Donny’s scoring record, with only one team in the top half of the table finding the net with less regularity then Moore’s outfit (who have 13 goals from ten league games).

Given the flashes of potential that Sterling has shown during his time at the Keepmoat Stadium, the 20-year-old is likely to be hopeful that he will be given the chance to be the man to rectify that for Donny when he returns from injury.

If he is able to do that, then the attacker will surely believe he will have sent a clear message to those at his parent club, that not only does he have the ability to make an impact in senior football, but that he also has the maturity to cope with the pressure of being the key player for a side competing at the top end of their particular division.

If he is capable of doing that, then Sterling will feel that he will have put himself in the mind of those at Tottenham for some time to come, while also putting to bed the memory of a far from successful loan spell with Sunderland last season – that saw him fail to start a single league game throughout the second half of the campaign.

While it may have been a similar story for Sterling so far this season, there is still plenty of football to be played between now and his return to Tottenham.

Given the current situation at Doncaster, Sterling should therefore be confident, that he will have plenty of opportunities, with which to turn that situation around.

Will Doncaster get promoted this season?

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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