Defender Cameron Carter-Vickers is highly rated by Tottenham

By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes

Cameron Carter-Vickers is in contention to be drafted into the senior Tottenham squad next week, Football Insider sources understand.

The centre-back, 18, could be called up for only the second time to the matchday 18 if Mauricio Pochettino tweaks his team for the Europa League last-32 clash against Fiorentina next Thursday.

Carter-Vickers is yet to make his first-team debut but has been training with the senior group since the start of the season and Pochettino said earlier this month that he “has enough quality” to come into the side.

The Academy graduate was sixth in the centre-back pecking order a few weeks ago but Jan Vertonghen’s knee injury and the January sale of Federico Fazio has pushed him behind only current pair Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer, and Eric Dier, who has been used almost predominantly in midfield this season.

A Spurs source has told Football Insider that Carter-Vickers is so highly rated within the club that he has the potential to be the “next Ledley King”.

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The USA Under-23 international has been a regular in Spurs’ Under-21s team this season and was called up to the senior squad for the first time for the 4-1 Europa League win over Monaco in December, when he was an unused substitute.

Spurs travel to Manchester City on Sunday before their trip to Fiorentina next Thursday.