The Tottenham Hotspur youngster will struggle to break through with every match being so important between now and May.
Of all Tottenham Hotspur’s sparkling youth products, many of the club’s fans feel that centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers will ultimately prove to be among the very best.
The USA under-20 international may only be 18, but his performances belie his age and he has all the attributes to follow in the footsteps of Tottenham great Ledley King.
However, the club’s exit from the FA Cup on Sunday may have robbed him of the chance to make his first-team debut this season.
The longer Spurs remained in three competitions, the more chance there was of manager Mauricio Pochettino putting his faith in the teenager at some point, especially with Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer playing so regularly in the absence of the injured Jan Vertonghen.
However, Tottenham’s focus has just narrowed, and with the Premier League title race likely to go to the wire Pochettino will obviously play his strongest side week in, week out until the end of the campaign.
In Europe, there is a slim chance Carter-Vickers will appear in time; the problem is the closer Tottenham get to the final, the less likely that will be.
If Spurs had a comfortable lead heading into the second leg of their last-32 tie against Fiorentina, the young American may have featured this week.
But as it is Spurs know a clean sheet will see them through, and the prospect of the Italians cancelling out the North London club’s away goal means Carter-Vickers will surely have to wait a bit longer.
The irony for those Spurs fans eager to see the youngster in action is their very success may prevent that from happening until next season at the earliest.