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‘I like him’: Jonathan Woodgate wowed by Spurs defender who Jose Mourinho has never played

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‘I like him’: Jonathan Woodgate wowed by Spurs defender who Jose Mourinho has never played

Tottenham Hotspur loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers may have not had much of a look-in at Spurs over the past few years, but could this change in the summer?

The 23-year-old came through the Spurs setup and made his first-team debut in 2016, going on to feature play three more times in the FA Cup and League Cup for the North Londoners.

However, Carter-Vickers hasn’t featured competitively for Tottenham since 2017, and has been on six loan spells during his time on Spurs’ books.

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The closest he’s come to playing for Spurs was when Jose Mourinho named him on the bench for the Europa League qualifier with Lokomotiv Plovdiv back in September.

Carter-Vickers impressed on loan at Luton in the second half of last season and has also done well at Bournemouth over the past few months.

Although he barely got a look-in earlier in the season, he has since nailed down a place in the starting XI, with Cherries boss Woodgate a big fan of the player.

“I’ve been really impressed,” the former Spurs centre-back told the Bournemouth Echo.

 

“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.

“He wants to defend first and I think that’s important in this league. I’ve really enjoyed working with him. He hasn’t missed a minute and we’ve kept four clean sheets with him in the team.”

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Carter-Vickers has spent much of his senior Tottenham career away on loan and, considering he’s now 23 and out on loan once again, you’d think that his chances of breaking into the Spurs first team are now low.

That said, the United States international has been doing well for himself, steadily improving and earning plaudits both at Luton and now at Bournemouth.

According to football.london, Spurs took up an option to extend his contract by a year so he’ll still have 12 months left when he returns, meaning they won’t lose him for nothing.

It remains to be seen whether Mourinho will give him one more chance in pre-season but, even if he doesn’t, then the player is certainly proving himself at Championship level.

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