Why Cameron Carter-Vickers could make his debut against Fiorentina

The young Tottenham Hotspur player is the most likely centre-back to come in if Kevin Wimmer or Toby Alderweireld are rested.

Much has been made of Tottenham Hotspur’s outstanding youth development this season, with manager Mauricio Pochettino giving a number of exciting youngsters a chance in his first-team.

One who is yet to get a senior start is 18-year-old centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers, but for those Tottenham fans who keep a close eye on the under-18s and under-21s he is arguably the pick of the bunch.

Forget about his age, Carter-Vickers is a superb defender who is ready for his chance at first-team level, and having been an unused substitute in the Europa League match against AS Monaco back in December, do not be surprised to see him go one better when Spurs return to action in that competition next week.

Tottenham travel to Italy on 18 February to take on Fiorentina and with Jan Vertonghen injured and Federico Fazio no longer at the club, Carter-Vickers is seemingly next in line should Pochettino wish to shake things up.

Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer are Tottenham’s first-choice defensive pairing right now but the sheer number of matches facing the club means rotation is vital if they are to maintain their challenges on various fronts.

It would be a bold move for Pochettino to start Carter-Vickers against Fiorentina, but it would not be a surprising one given the teenager’s talent, so watch this space…

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