Cameron Carter-Vickers: Could he be Tottenham's best young defender since Ledley King?

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Could the American teenager be the next great academy prospect to step into the heart of Tottenham Hotspur's defence?

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers has been making waves at the club for quite some time, with the 17-year-old putting in mature performances for both the USA under-20 side and Spurs’ under-21s.

Last season Carter-Vickers put in a wonderful performance against Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao for the second-string, keeping the Colombian at bay with ease and showing just why he is so highly-rated at White Hart Lane.

So could Tottenham be in possession of their best young defender since Ledley King?

King played for Spurs’ youth sides from 1996 to 1999 and was a member of the first-team for the next 13 years before injury put a premature end to his outstanding career.

It was a significant blow for both the player and the club when it became clear that his time at the top was swiftly coming to an end, and yet in Carter-Vickers Spurs could have the next big thing.

Few 17-year-olds have the composure and the confidence that the Tottenham player possesses, and while too many times youngsters are praised before they have justified such exposure, Carter-Vickers is different.

Anyone who has seen him develop both for club and country knows he is the real deal, and while Tottenham have recently signed Kevin Wimmer and Toby Alderweireld, there may still be a chance in the cup competitions for the teenager to make his first-team bow next season.

And in time – perhaps sooner rather than later if he continues on his current trajectory – he could step into the shoes long-since vacated by fan favourite King.

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