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Does Cameron Carter-Vickers have a Tottenham Hotspur future?

The American is currently out on loan at Ipswich Town.

Mathew Nash

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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.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 28: Cameron Carter-Vickers of Tottenham Hotspur and Adebayo Akinfenwa of Wycombe Wanderers compete for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Wycombe Wanderers at White Hart Lane on January 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

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.

Cameron Carter-Vickers (C) of Tottenham Hotspur looks on after getting a yellow card during their International Champions Cup (ICC) match between Tottenham and A.S. Roma on July 25, 2017 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Michael Keane is vulnerable at Everton after Mason Holgate’s weekend performance

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With Everton captain Phil Jagielka suspended for the Toffees’ weekend clash against Southampton, Marco Silva opted to hand youngster Mason Holgate a start in the heart of defence.

Paired alongside Michael Keane, the 21-year-old gave a mature performance in victory over the Saints and there is now a very good chance that he will be given future first team opportunities.

This could leave Keane very vulnerable, with the likes of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma yet to be considered for the starting XI.

Keane hasn’t done anything near enough to live up to the reputation that followed him after his £30 million move from Turf Moor two summers’ ago.

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After a difficult start to life in Merseyside under Ronald Koeman, he has since fallen out of contention for Gareth Southgate’s England side.

The former Burnley man has looked sluggish and error prone and there is a feeling around Goodison Park that he will become drastically exposed against some of the more menacing top flight sides.

With £27.19 million summer signing Mina on the verge of full fitness, following the World Cup, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him replace Keane in the first team in the coming weeks.

This change would pave way for a young, fresh and exciting centre-back partnership of Holgate and Mina – a solid platform for Silva to build his new team around.

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Is Pedro Obiang the answer for Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham?

The Spaniard is yet to feature this season.

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Something is yet to click for new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, with the London outfit falling short in their first two Premier League games of the 2018/19 season.

This weekend saw an opening day away defeat to Liverpool followed up by a 2-1 comeback victory for Bournemouth at the Olympic Stadium, accompanies by a performance that will have disheartened even the most optimistic of fans.

Despite spending over £100 million during the summer window, it is evident from the first two games of the season that the Hammers need a ball-winning central midfielder, capable of bringing balance to the defence and attack.

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Sitting on Manuel Pellegrini’s bench is Spaniard Pedro Obiang, who became Slaven Bilic’s first signing for the club, back in 2015. The midfielder was a regular in West Ham’s side up to Christmas last season, but he made just one appearance in the Premier League since February.

Athletic and capable of moving the ball forward, the 26-year-old will be a much more dynamic option than ageing West Ham captain Mark Noble. Meanwhile, he would also improve the spine of the team defensively.

Up next for the Hammers is Arsenal. With a central midfield or Noble and Wilshere/Rice clearly not working, it seems a no-brainer for Pellegrini to promote Obiang to the starting XI for the upcoming clash against Unai Emery’s side.

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On this day: Leeds cash in on Wood, Coutinho told he’s staying and Seri’s Barca links

What were the big stories in football a year ago today? Including Leeds United, Liverpool and Fulham.

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Chopping Wood

One year ago today and Leeds United lost their talismanic striker Chris Wood to Burnley. After a tumultuous summer of rumours and conjecture, the club’s leading scorer left in a club record £15 million deal.

In his two seasons at Leeds the New Zealand international scored an impressive 44 goals in 88 games for the Whites.

Leeds were desperate not to lose the player and ended up paying for his absence. They failed to replace him, with nearest replica Pierre-Michel Lasogga falling short of expectations.

Wood has since gone on to establish himself at Burnley, scoring 11 goals in 26 games during his first season at Turf Moor.

Leeds now have Kemar Roofe firing and also signed Patrick Bamford this summer.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Chris Wood of Burnley celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

No-go Coutinho

A year ago today and Liverpool had managed to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian had been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona throughout last summer.

However, as reported by Sky Sports a year ago, Liverpool made it clear Coutinho was going nowhere.

In the end, it proved to just be a stall. Coutinho completed the inevitable switch to Barcelona in January for a fee of £146 million.

However, many Liverpool fans would perhaps argue the club are now performing better than they ever did when Coutinho was at Anfield.

Seri-ous money

Signed by Fulham this summer, a year ago today it seemed Jean-Michael Seri was on his way to Barcelona.

Marca suggested that Barcelona had met the apparent £36.6 million release clause in his contract at Nice. Unfortunately, that clause had expired.

With Barcelona not willing to pay more, they moved on.

Seri joined Fulham this summer for a club record fee.

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