Age: 19 *
At Club Since: Summer 2018 (On Loan From Chelsea)
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 14(0) *
The reason why Premier League clubs send their youth players out on loan to the lower leagues is so they can experience what it means to play first-team football. There is a world of difference from the largely no-pressure environment of under-23s football to playing games that matter in front of a paying crowd and against grown men. Performances are under the microscope and players can very easily become heroes or villains to their own fans with a string of good and bad showings. Dujon Sterling’s first five or six showings were of a young player still learning how to deal with playing senior football, he made a few costly errors via a lack of concentration and he looked sapped of confidence when he was getting on the ball.
While Sterling looks a long way from the finished article, his past few performances have started to show why Mark Robins brought him to the club. Sterling’s defensive play remains an area of concern, particularly when it comes to stopping crosses, but he’s become bolder in getting forward, which has seen him make a positive impact on the pitch. He is quick and skilful player who has started to cause opponents problems and could well become a useful outlet for the side as he picks up further confidence and first-team experience.
*As of 28/10/2018