At the start of last season it looked as though Cameron Carter-Vickers was about to have a breakout year for Tottenham Hotspur. The American had constantly impressed in the club’s development teams and Tottenham fans were excited about the youngster. He even usurped Kevin Wimmer in the centre-back pecking order at White Hart Lane.
But does he have a future at Tottenham?
Last season, after playing four times for Spurs, Carter-Vickers was not seen after January. He struggled in an FA Cup win against Wycombe Wanderers, which Spurs had won 4-3. The American also picked up a small injury, which left him on the sidelines.
In the summer Tottenham broke their transfer record to sign Davinson Sanchez from Ajax. With that, Carter-Vickers fell further down the Tottenham pecking order. So, it was decided he would go out on loan. Sheffield United brought him in and he scored on his debut. However, despite impressing form the Blades early on, a dip in form saw him dropped and eventually recalled by Spurs. His parent club then sent him to Ipswich Town, where the US international has again looked impressive.
Tottenham may face some centre-back questions this summer. Toby Alderweireld is looking increasingly likely to be on his way out of the club. That leaves just Jan Vertonghen, Sanchez and Eric Dier as central defensive options.
Tottenham will no doubt be linked with plenty of fresh faces in the weeks to come. But Carter-Vickers will be hoping Spurs do not move to replace the Belgian.
The 20-year-old will feel he has the capability to step up and play first-team football for Spurs.
But here’s the harsh reality. Right now, he is simply not ready. His drop in form at Sheffield United was fairly dramatic. Tottenham will be wary that he is not yet a reliable option in the Premier League.
The best move for Carter-Vickers and Spurs in the summer would be another loan deal, perhaps to a Premier League club.
At only 20 time is definitely on his side. Next season might come too soon for the American but he is still highly thought of in North London and certainly has a future at Tottenham Hotspur.