COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers must look for a loan move away from White Hart Lane in January.
The 18-year-old is regarded as one of the best youngsters at Spurs and is currently struggling for game time this season.
He has made just two appearances for the senior side this campaign and needs to be playing regularly if he is to develop into a top centre-back.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino currently has several top defenders to choose from, with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen considered the first-choice centre-back pairing.
Kevin Wimmer and Eric Dier can also fill in at centre-back, meaning that Carter-Vickers is left fifth in the pecking order.
The young defender appears to be highly rated by Pochettino and needs to experience regular football if he is going to improve at such a vital age.
The Argentinian boss expressed his strong option of Carter-Vickers back in September and tipped him to be a potential great.
“I already told you that, for me, he can be one of the best centre-backs in England in the future,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the Telegraph. ““He has a strong mentality, quality, all the qualities for playing centre-back.”
He has played twice in Spurs’ EFL Cup matches this season and has also been included in the matchday squad in the Premier League on 10 occasions, but is still waiting for his top flight debut.
The north London club are currently vying for a top four position and Pochettino is unlikely to give Carter-Vickers an opportunity in the high pressure of the Premier League, although he could get the odd chance in the FA Cup or Europa League.
Carter-Vickers is emerging as a good centre-back and there would be a number of Championship clubs queuing up for him if he was made available for loan in January.
Spurs currently have Harry Kane as their star player and he benefited from a number of loan spells during his youth, something that should be replicated with Carter-Vickers.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Pochettino has revealed his plans for the January window.