The centre-back put in an outstanding shift to help his side earn a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the first-leg of their semi-final tie at White Hart Lane.
Cameron Carter-Vickers was one of Tottenham Hotspur’s star performers in their 2-0 FA Youth Cup semi-final first-leg win over Chelsea, and the defender told the club’s official website after the match of his delight at the result.
A goal in each half from Josh Onomah and Kazaiah Sterling puts Kieran McKenna’s Under-18s in the driving seat to make the final ahead of the return leg at Stamford Bridge later this month, despite there being little to choose between the two teams at the Lane.
That was, for the most part, down to a terrific defensive showing on the night, as Carter-Vickers and the rest of the back-four managed to subdue a Chelsea team which had netted 17 goals in their previous four ties.
The emerging centre-back deserved particular plaudits after maintaining the home side’s two-goal advantage with a superb last-gasp block to keep out Blues substitute Jeremie Boga, but he was instead quick to deflect praise onto the rest of the team.
“I’m very tired but obviously it was a good result,” he said. “We defended well and hit them on the counter, and I think it’s good to take a 2-0 lead back to Stamford Bridge for the second-leg. I think we’ve got the belief now that we can go through.
“Obviously Chelsea are a good team so it’s really good to be able to get a result when it really matters.
“We’re a clinical team. Our strikers know how to find the back of the net and if we get a couple of chances we’ll score. The two full-backs worked really hard, too, and the midfielders as well.”
Carter-Vickers, 17, has been a regular for Tottenham’s Under-21 this season, and the Telegraph reported earlier this week that he is one of four prospects along with Onomah, Nathan Oduwa and Harry Winks who head coach Mauricio Pochettino is looking to fast-track into the first-team.
Eligible for the US through his American father, the Southend-born trainee earned rave reviews for his recent performances in helping the US U20s seal a spot in the summer’s World Cup after a successful CONCACAF Championship in Jamaica, and now looks to have a bright future with the stars and stripes.
With Pochettino watching on from the stands last night, his club career also looks like it could be going places, but the focus for now remains on the second meeting with Chelsea in a fortnight.