Pochettino: This Tottenham wonderkid shows every day he is good enough to play first-team football
By Tony Hughes
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Cameron Carter-Vickers shows in training every day he is ready for first-team football.
The defender, 18, has been a regular member of Spurs’ matchday squad this season and has moved ahead of Kevin Wimmer in the centre-back pecking order.
Wimmer has expressed doubts about remaining at White Hart Lane in the long term if he continues to be overlooked, but Pochettino insists that the Austrian international is still in his plans.
“The level we have is very competitive,” Pochettino said, as quoted by ESPN FC. “Cameron shows in every session he is at the same level as others. Sometimes it’s Cameron, sometimes Kevin, sometimes Ben Davies, sometimes Trippier, sometimes [Kyle] Walker.
“He’s in my plans. If he’s not, I’ll tell him first and then you. I’m always honest, you know me very well.”
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Carter-Vickers made his senior Tottenham debut last month against Gillingham in the EFL Cup.
Pochettino had hailed Carter-Vickers as a potential great in the build-up to the clash and he responded with a mature display alongside the more experienced Wimmer.
The centre-back has made huge strides over the last 12 months and has regularly been named in matchday squads without actually been called up from the bench.
Carter-Vickers is one of a number of Spurs academy products who are on the verge of breaking into the first-team.
The American is coming through at the same time as the likes of Josh Onomah, Harry Winks and Marcus Edwards, and he seems to have a very bright future ahead of him at White Hart Lane.
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