Between The Lines: Potter pours cold water on Carter-Vickers’ Tottenham return chances

Swansea City boss Graham Potter has told reporters on Thursday, according to quotes reported by WalesOnline (1:53pm), that he doubts Tottenham Hotspur will recall Cameron Carter-Vickers from his loan spell at the Championship club, amid reports from TEAMtalk on Sunday that the Premier League outfit could take him back and then send him out on loan again elsewhere.

The USA international has struggled for minutes at the Swans, making 12 appearances but completing 90 minutes just four times, as per Transfermarkt.

What’s the word?

Carter-Vickers does not appear to have any future at Spurs.

The American came through the ranks at the club but has been sent out on loan three times in recent years.

He has spent time with Sheffield United, Ipswich Town and now Swansea City, but has never played for Tottenham in the Premier League.

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Despite the report earlier this week, Potter believes Carter-Vickers will stay with the Swans, and has praised his attitude.

Per WalesOnline, he told reporters on Thursday: “I wouldn’t have thought Tottenham would be keen on taking him back but that’s up to them. Cameron’s been waiting, when he’s played he hasn’t let us down at all.

“With the form of Joe (Rodon) and Mike (van der Hoorn) he’s had to be patient. He wants to stay and does enjoy it here and now he’s got an opportunity to play.

“Everybody’s winning at the moment, apart from Joe’s injury, but as far as I’m concerned, Cameron will stay with us.”

Time to let him go permanently?

Spurs are gaining absolutely nothing from keeping Carter-Vickers on the books.

The American signed a new contract until 2020 in 2017, per the club’s official website, but his failure to break through suggests he simply does not have the ability to play for a club competing at the highest level.

Mauricio Pochettino has repeatedly shown his desire to promote players from the youth academy, most recently calling up Oliver Skipp to the first-team, but it appears the Argentine doesn’t have much interest in taking Carter-Vickers through the same journey of development.

Whether he is recalled or not, the young American should be allowed to leave the club permanently in the summer so that he can properly further his development instead of stopping and starting with these multiple loan spells.

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