Tottenham Hotspur go head-to-head with Borussia Dortmund later this week.
Last week Tottenham Hotspur came up against a formidable Borussia Dortmund side that won 3-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie.
Two goals from Marco Reus and one from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured Tottenham have an all but impossible task to reach the next stage of the competition, and that could make for an interesting team selection from manager Mauricio Pochettino later this week.
Tottenham ‘s 2-0 victory against Aston Villa on Sunday means they are still well in the title race and only one slip up from current leaders Leicester City could give the North London club all the encouragement they need to jump on it.
But with every league game vital between now and May, the upcoming match against Dortmund could be one Pochettino would rather do without, and there is the possibility for him to rest one of only two fit senior centre-backs for upcoming games against Bournemouth, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Kevin Wimmer and Toby Alderweireld have played week in, week out in Jan Vertonghen’s absence, but Thursday could be the perfect opportunity for Pochettino to give 18-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers his first-team debut.
The teenager is a superb talent who regularly plays above his age level; the problem is, would it be smart or crazy to throw him in against one of the best forward lines in Europe?
If Carter-Vickers excels against Reus, Aubameyang and company it could be the making of him, but if they tear him apart it could knock his confidence considerably.
It is a tough call for Pochettino as there will certainly be much easier matches in which to test the 18-year-old. And yet if he wants to rest Alderweireld, Wimmer and Eric Dier for the bigger games to come, Carter-Vickers is seemingly the next in line.