Cameron Carter-Vickers: Tottenham’s long-awaited answer to Ledley King

Much has been made about the vibrant young side constructed by Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur over the last few years and, while the current team so masterfully put together by the Argentine is challenging towards the top end of the league, there’s another layer of talent ready to back up the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane.

One of the biggest talents on the books actually comes in central defence, an area rather well-stocked on Hotspur Way. Still, with the Lilywhites looking as if they will qualify for the Champions League again as they continue to embark upon the upward trajectory Pochettino has engineered, use of the squad will be important.

With Visit Britain running a competition to find the biggest Super Fan out there, it’s interesting that the player in question is actually one of American descent. Tottenham have a strong connection with American players, with Clint Dempsey and Brad Freidel to have donned the famous white shirts, and the burgeoning Cameron Carter-Vickers could just be the best yet.

Fast-tracked through the United States development sides, the central defender was called up to the United States U23 side at the age of 16 and Pochettino even went as far as to suggest he could one day become one of the best defenders in the Premier League. High praise perhaps, though the 19-year-old has certainly proved impressive when handed a starting berth.

“I told you that, for me, he will be one of the best centre-backs in England in the future. He has a strong mentality, good quality and all the qualities for playing centre-back” – Mauricio Pochettino

Discovered by the north London outfit when their academy team played in a tournament back in the summer of 2015, the commanding defender has been making waves across the pond for years now. The son of a former professional basketballer, one widely regarded as one of the finest talents to emerge from Louisiana State University, athleticism clearly runs in the family.

While he’ll undoubtedly endure tougher tests than Gillingham, he was imperious against the League One side during their EFL Cup clash back in September, making his competitive first-team debut. Furthermore, the job he did marking England international Daniel Sturridge – a man who terrorised even the best defenders in the league only 18 months or so ago – would not have gone unnoticed, despite the loss to the Liverpool.

A monstrous physical presence, CVC’s level-headedness is just as impressive as both his pace and his power. In fact, he’s made such an impression behind the scenes at Tottenham, club legend Ledley King has praised his temperament too. Such is the standing King has in English football, that’s a rather large endorsement indeed.

Just a few hours after playing in the U20 World Cup for the United States, Carter-Vickers is thought to have travelled to the British embassy in Sydney to complete his A-levels and looks like a man eager to learn at any given opportunity.

The presence of Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld in central defensive areas may block his route to the first-team right now, though Pochettino will have nothing to fear if any of his defensive stalwarts pick up an injury, while he also has a huge talent to develop for the future.

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