This season has been an important one for Tottenham Hotspur youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers. The American defender has played the most football in his senior career so far this term.
Firstly, he was sent out on loan to Championship newcomers Sheffield United. Midway through the season that loan spell ended and Carter-Vickers was sent to Ipswich Town to continue his development.
It has been a great campaign for his development, playing in 32 games overall for both clubs combined.
Now his attention is turning to next season. Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times the American international has admitted that his future lies mostly in the hands of parent club Tottenham Hotspur:
“I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been my first full season playing senior football and I’ve learnt a lot and like to think I’ve improved as a player.
“I’m not sure (what’s next) because that’s not really my decision – it’s for Tottenham. All I know is that I’m going back to Tottenham for pre-season and see what happens from there.
He did, however, admit a move back to Portman Road would be more than welcome:
“Yeah, definitely (I’d return to Ipswich).
“I want to play football so if the opportunity comes and the manager at Tottenham says he doesn’t need me and the opportunity to play football again in the Championship comes up then I will be up for it.”
So what do Spurs do with the talented but raw defender?
There is one school of thought that he should get a Spurs chance. Toby Alderweireld could leave this summer and Carter-Vickers may be considered as an in-house replacement for the Belgian.
But that would probably not be the best move. Carter-Vickers is an excellent talent with all the attributes to become a Premier League defender. But there are still some major creases in his game to iron out.
His spell at Sheffield United, for example, started exceptionally, but his form dipped with the Blades which saw game-time diminish. It is why Tottenham recalled him.
Asking Carter-Vickers to be a Premier League and Champions League option next season for Spurs is therefore too much of a task.
Another loan deal is the best option, although perhaps a Premier League team would be best for his development rather than returning to the Championship.
One day, CCV can become a Spurs regular. But he must be managed correctly in order to do so. A loan spell in the Premier League next season would be the ideal scenario.