Could Fazio sale see Veljkovic or Carter-Vickers break into Spurs first team?

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Two of Tottenham's most promising young players could be given a route to first team football if West Brom complete the signing of the Argentine.

Spurs are reported by the Mirror to be in discussions to sell Argentina international defender Federico Fazio to West Bromwich Albion, a departure that could offer opportunities to two of the club's brightest talents.

Of course, this is a rumoured transfer that may have more than one angle to it, given Tottenham's own interest in the Baggies star striker Saido Berahino.

Regarding that player, Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace has already come out and said he has no interest in selling the England Under-21 striker, as reported in the Express and Star.

There has been no such statement from Daniel Levy, or anyone connected to Spurs about 28-year-old Fazio, who disappointed for much of last season and only ended up playing 14 league games for the Londoners.

The big centre back hasn't even been on the bench for Tottenham's opening two games, surely making it clear that he is not in Mauricio Pochettino's first team plans. However, he would be a decent signing for a Baggies side that have been looking to increase their defensive options this summer, having captained Sevilla to Europa League glory just over a year ago.

If Fazio does depart White Hart Lane, and with Eric Dier doing reasonably well in midfield (and with no central midfielder on the horizon), it could mean big opportunities for two of the club's, and the Premier League's, most promising central defenders.

17-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers is clearly a young man set for a big future in the game. He was one of the youngest players involved at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand this summer, turning out for the United States. Powerful, authoritative and composed, Carter-Vickers is so far ahead of his age group that he has this season been captaining Tottenham's Under-21 side, even though Hugo Lloris was involved in the first game of the season. Pochettino is thought to be a big fan, and it could be that the youngster is allowed to step up in League Cup and Europa League matches, at least onto the bench.

One player that actually outdid Carter-Vickers this summer though was Milos Veljkovic, who won that World Cup tournament with Serbia, and looked set for a loan to Leeds until it fell through over disputes over loan length and playing time. Capable of playing central defence and defensive midfield, he is a couple of years older than Carter-Vickers, but is superb reader of the game in either position. Like his younger Spurs teammate, and depending on whether there are further transfer additions in defence or midfield, Veljkovic could well be given an increased chance to impress as a fourth/fifth choice centre back.

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