Taking a closer look at the use of two Tottenham Hotspur teenagers so far this summer.
On Saturday Tottenham played a behind-closed-doors friendly against Championship side Reading, with manager Mauricio Pochettino able to cast a close eye over both his first-team regulars and some of the youngsters looking to stake a claim next season.
The likes of Nathan Oduwa and Josh Onomah have been training and playing with the senior side this summer, along with a player who may just have overtaken a fellow defender in the race for first-team recognition in the upcoming campaign.
Cameron Carter-Vickers is an outstanding young talent whose ability belies his age. The centre-back may only be 17 but he proved last season for Tottenham’s uinder-21s that he is no ordinary teenager.
And it seems he is rated highly by his manager who used him in Saturday’s clash with Reading rather than sending him to compete with others his age as a Tottenham XI took on Peterborough United on the same day.
One player who was involved in that match was Milos Vejlkovic, who has recently returned as a victor in the under-20 World Cup, but could it be that the 19-year-old has slipped below Carter-Vickers in the pecking order?
It is impossible to know simply from a couple of team selections, but given Veljkovic’s recent international success and the fact that he is two years older than Carter-Vickers, the Serbian may be best served going on loan next season.
That could, however, lead to Carter-Vickers getting a chance in the cup competitions or the early stages of the Europa League; and if he impresses as he has at every level so far, there could be a very interesting fight between the two Tottenham teenagers for a regular starting spot in the years to come.