Why Pochettino should unleash academy sensation against Aston Villa
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino should play young defender Cameron Carter-Vickers against Aston Villa in the FA Cup.
Spurs host the Championship side in the cup on Sunday evening and it’s imperative that Carter-Vickers starts the game.
The 19-year-old has developed through the club’s academy in recent years and has become a first-team member this season.
However, the centre-back has found his game time limited as the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen and Kevin Wimmer are ahead of him.
He has made just two appearances in the EFL Cup competition and should be handed a rare start against Villa.
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Spurs have stumbled across a new 3-4-3 formation in recent weeks and it helped them achieve a 2-0 victory over leaders Chelsea.
Pochettino is likely to stick with the set-up for the immediate future and that means that he plays with a three-man defence, but there could be an opening for Carter-Vickers if there are any injuries or suspensions.
Pochettino has shown that he highly rates the youngster by including him in 11 of the 20 Premier League match days this season, but he is still awaiting his first taste of the top-flight.
Carter-Vickers has waited patiently in the wings and deserves the opportunity to impress against Villa, but it’s also vital he gains more experience in the first-team.
The American centre-back is tipped to have a big future at White Hart Lane and must be intruded to the starting XI more regularly.
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