Kazaiah Sterling shows potential for Tottenham Hotspur during Hong Kong trip
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Young forward enjoys trip to Far East and keen to impress Mauricio Pochettino even more next season
Tottenham Hotspur brought their 2016/17 campaign to a close on Friday with a 4-1 friendly win over Kitchee SC in Hong Kong and the performance of a youngster would have caught the eye of boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Heung-min Son, Vincent Janssen and Harry Kane were among the scorers and teenager Kazaiah Sterling also got in on the act.
Sterling, who is part of the Tottenham academy, was making his first appearance for the north Londoners and impressed during his cameo.
The 18-year-old scored the fourth goal for Spurs on the stroke of full time after a fine run by Dele Alli.
And the Enfield youngster expressed his delight when speaking to the official club website, saying: “I’m delighted to play my first game with the first team and to score as well.
“It was a great experience to play in front of a crowd that big. It was a special moment for me. It’s a good landmark for me to try to kick on now. I’ve had a taste and I’m just going to work as hard as I can again next season.”
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Sterling has been prolific in the Spurs academy this year and scored four times in the FA Youth Cup, while also representing England at under-18 level and he addmitted he loved his trip to the Far East.
He added: “I’d never been to Hong Kong before and I didn’t realise there was such a big Tottenham fanbase out here.
“Overall, I really enjoyed the trip. I’ve never signed so many autographs! Before this tour, I didn’t really have an autograph!
“I didn’t realise how popular we were out here, especially players like Harry and Dele, as soon as they came out the fans went wild for them.
“The fans were very welcoming, very enthusiastic and that was great to see.”
Meanwhile, there was double disappointment for Tottenham on Saturday, as north London rivals Arsenal won the FA Cup final against Chelsea and denied them a spot in the 2017-18 Community Shield in the process.
If Premier League champions Chelsea had completed a double, Spurs would have faced the Blues on August 6 at Wembley, but they will not start their season until a week later when the Premier League kicks off.