Youngster's comments solve curious case of why Khumalo is still at Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers feels he was helped by playing alongside Bongani Khumalo in the development's side's most recent fixture against Manchester United.

Cameron Carter-Vickers may have provided some insight into why Bongani Khumalo is being kept at Tottenham Hotspur, despite barely featuring, on the club's official site.

Khumalo is captain of Tottenham's under-21 side, despite being 28-years-old, and it seems rather strange that the club have not disposed of a player who is seemingly so far away from their first-team set-up.

The South African has never made a competitive appearance for Spurs since signing back in 2011, but his role seems to actually be one of mentor to some of his younger teammates.

Khumalo started at the heart of the defence in Spurs' most recent under-21 match against Manchester United alongside 17-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers, and the youngster's comments after the game suggest that his more experienced counterpart had plenty of advice for him.

"It was a big game and a great learning curve for me, especially playing alongside Bongani Khumalo, who has fantastic experience," he said. “We spoke before the match and then afterwards about what we might have done better."

It is too early for Khumalo to have effectively taken up a coaching role at White Hart Lane, but it seems that he commands great respect from his teammates.

The powerful defender has had a great career in his homeland and, although he is unlikely to ever break into the senior squad at Spurs, his attitude is clearly exemplary.

Khumalo will be hoping to continue helping out Tottenham's younger players for as long as he stays at the club, as his role will only become more important with Mauricio Pochettino trying to utilise the team's academy system more effectively.

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