Newcastle United must land Tottenham centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers this summer amid his impressive performances on loan at Championship side Bournemouth.
The 23-year-old has spent the majority of the campaign on loan at the Vitality Stadium under former Magpies defender Jonathan Woodgate, making 26 appearances across all competitions.
While Brentford may have come out on top in the end, Carter-Vickers put in a monstrous performance against the Bees in the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-finals, pocketing former Newcastle striker Ivan Toney with ease.
As per Sofascore, he won five of his duels and made four clearances, while also blocking one shot, while Toney – top scorer in the regular season with 31 goals – had a difficult game at the Vitality Stadium last week. He saw his only effort on goal blocked, made just 14 passes, lost the ball on 14 separate occasions and lost a mammoth 11 of his 18 duels.
Speaking after the American’s dominant display against the Bees, Woodgate was quick to praise his centre-back and how he has developed during his season with the Cherries.
The 41-year-old told the Bournemouth Daily Echo: “I’ve been really impressed. Okay, he’s not the tallest but he’s a very, very good defender. His leap is good, he’s quick, he’s decent enough on the ball for me. What he does need to improve on is in the opposition box, scoring more goals, but I like him as a player, I like his personality.
“It didn’t affect him. He leads well, Cam. Alright, he’s not the loudest, but he leads well by how he defends and when Meps came on, he was equally as good up against a top striker in (Ivan) Toney. But Cam, since I’ve been here, he does what it says on the tin. He’s mister consistent. I know exactly what I’m going to get from him week in, week out. He loves defending. He loves keeping clean sheets, he’s like that.”
Given how he dealt with an in-form striker being linked with a big-money move to the Premier League, and the fact that he’s only 23, Carter-Vickers seems like he would be a superb addition to the Newcastle back-line.