Tottenham Hotspur striker Kazaiah Sterling is struggling to make an impact at League One Doncaster Rovers following his arrival on a season-long loan in the summer.
Sterling was touted as the replacement for outgoing hotshot John Marquis following his big-money move to Portsmouth, but things have not gone according to plan for the youngster.
The twenty-year-old has just one goal to his name, netting in the EFL Trophy victory against Lincoln City, and he’s been used sparingly by Rovers boss Darren Moore, making only four outings across all competitions. His only start came in the local derby with Rotherham in early September, but he was subbed at half-time with a thigh injury and hasn’t featured since.
The former England Under-18 international remains a doubt for Doncaster’s trip to Oxford at the weekend which is a blow for the Yorkshire outfit who have found goals hard to come by this campaign.
Indeed, Rovers have scored only thirteen goals in ten league games and boss Darren Moore recently moved to find a solution to their goal drought, dipping into the free-agent market to sign former Coventry and Deby forward Kwame Thomas on a short-term deal following a successful trial at the club.
The arrival of Thomas only add further competition for a place in the starting line up and could limit the Spurs strikers game-time and further hamper his progress.
The pressure his mounting for Sterling to start delivering or his time at Doncaster could severely affect his confidence.
Sometimes Premier League youngsters struggle to adapt to the cut and thrust of senior football and Sterling appears to be finding it difficult to find his feet.
He’s now been out for four weeks with a dead leg and many cynical Rovers fans are starting to question his attitude.
Sterling is talented, but his current troubles come after he failed to establish a place in Sunderland’s starting line-up during a loan spell in the second half of last season and his future progress must be a concern for Spurs.
He needs to get his head down, put his troubles behind him and start showing his worth to Darren Moore quickly, or he could be heading back to London with his tail between his legs.