The two Tottenham academy stars have featured prominently in preseason, and King had encouraging things to say about the players.

Ledley King gestures to the fans after being substituted in his testimonial

Tottenham Hotspur’s legendary captain and former central defensive star Ledley King has given his thoughts on a talented pair of defensive players who have impressed during preseason matches, as he discussed Cameron Carter-Vickers and Anton Walkes with the Ham & High.

35-year-old King played 321 matches for the North Londoners having come through the club’s academy, and he admitted that Carter-Vickers and Walkes are youngsters worth keeping an eye on.

“Cameron is a centre-back and was probably the stand-out centre-back when I worked with them,” King is quoted as saying by Ham & High. “He’s going to have to continue working hard and developing because, again, there are other players there that are willing to put the work in and improve.

Chelsea’s Ruben Sammut and Tottenham’s Anton Walkes in action

“Anton is someone who can play numerous positions,” added King. “He can play in midfield and at right-back, so for him I just think he needs to find his position where he wants to play.

“It’s great for them to be involved but they will have to continue to keep improving, keep learning from being around the first team, and hopefully they will get their chance in the next few years.”

It is hugely encouraging words from a player many feel is one of the greatest defenders ever produced by the club, even if it did come with a reality check about working hard. King has remained involved at White Hart Lane since being forced into retiring because of years of knee injuries, working with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the club’s official charity, as well as coaching the Under 18 side, where he worked up close and personal with his possible successors in the middle of the back four.

Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vickers in action with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey

US Under-23 international Carter-Vickers has featured prominently during pre-season, playing the 90 minutes in all three of the club’s glamour matches – against Juventus and Atletico Madrid in Australia and against Inter Milan last Friday.

He is perhaps the academy player who is closest to making a serious impact on the first team. 

Like Walkes, King’s talent saw him feature in more than one position as a youngster, with the Spurs legend taking in several spells in central midfield due to his technical quality and reading of the game.

The 19-year-old also caught the eye in the matches in Australia, and will have to utilise his versatility to edge closer to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, before finally making one position his preference.

What is clear from hearing King’s thoughts are that there are seriously talented players coming through at Hotspur Way.

Juventus’ Paulo Dybala in action with Tottenham’s Cameron Carter Vickers

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