Carter-Vickers comments on 'great learning curve' against Falcao; preparation for first-team?

Radamel Falcao

Tottenham teenager Cameron Carter-Vickers has commented on facing Falcao.

Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has told the club's official website that facing Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao was a great learning curve.

Spurs' Under-21 side faced Manchester United on Tuesday, travelling up to Old Trafford to face a United side littered with first-team stars.

2010 World Cup winner Victor Valdes was in goal, whilst right back Rafael also started and even scored in the 1-1 draw, with Kenneth McEvoy scoring the opener for Spurs.

Yet the biggest name in the game was Radamel Falcao, with the Colombian international striker demoted to the Under-21's after a terrible season to date.

Whilst the 29-year-old had hit around 200 goals in 300 games with River Plate, Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco, he's scored just four times in 21 appearances for United as he struggles to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained last season.

Falcao may be a shadow of his former self, but he still posed a challenge for Tottenham's 17-year-old centre back Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Carter-Vickers was cited in a report from The Telegraph last week, who suggested that the defender would be one of the next youngsters to make the step up to Mauricio Pochettino's first team.

In an interview with the Tottenham official website, Carter-Vickers admitted that it was great to face a player like Falcao - even though he was nervous about the prospect.

"I was excited and a little nervous, you know how good he is but I couldn’t wait to play against him and just learn from him, to see what he did and to see how I could cope with it," said Carter-Vickers.

"He’s a strong player and when he has the ball at his feet, he doesn’t let you see it, so there is no way you can go in there and nick it. He’s good at using his body like that. His movement is really good as well, especially in the box. He always tries to play right on the shoulder, making darting runs for crosses or pulling away for cut backs. It was a big game and a great learning curve for me, especially playing alongside Bongani Khumalo, who has fantastic experience," he added.

The likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane have all played huge parts under Pochettino this season, and if he's still looking to promote youngsters to the first team in the future, then Carter-Vickers should be one player in mind - and his experience of playing against a player like Falcao will do him no harm, even if it's a couple of years until the breaks through. 

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