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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino hints at first-team chance for Cameron Carter-Vickers after Jan Vertonghen injury

The Argentine believes that the American talent has what it takes.

Tottenham Hotspur were recently dealt an injury blow with defender Jan Vertonghen ruled out with knee ligament damage for a number of weeks.

That has seen talk of a potential January recruit arriving to fill in at the back for Spurs.

Tottenham already have Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Federico Fazio however - whilst Eric Dier can slot back into the heart of defence in place of the Belgian.

In fact, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has even stated he would rather call up one of their more promising youngsters to the first-team than sign another new player.

The player in question is American talent Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Speaking to his press conference today the Argentine coach said of the teenage centre-back, as reported by ESPN:

"We have a lot of players in defensive positions that can play. We have another youngster from the academy, Cameron Carter-Vickers.

"He's young but he has enough quality and he's been training with us from the beginning of the season and playing with the Under-21s.

"I think it's a good opportunity to stay with us now more consistently. I don't expect to cover Jan Vertonghen, I think we have enough players to cover his injury."

Carter-Vickers has been impressing for the Spurs and USA youth teams for some time now. Despite only being 18-years-old he has the build of a 25-year-old and is an exciting talent for the future.

It is yet another testament to Pochettino's trust in the youth team players that he is ready to give Carter-Vickers a go ahead of bringing in a fresh face from another club.

Here's hoping the teenager takes the chance if it is given to him.

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