The Tottenham Hotspur-owned defender was left on the bench on Saturday.

It seems like Tottenham Hotspur’s Cameron Carter-Vickers might have a challenge on his hands.

The USA international was a mainstay in Nathan Jones’s Stoke City side for most of this season, though he was fired on November 1 as the Potters flirt with relegation into League One.

Michael O’Neill then took over at The Bet 365 Stadium but it remains to be seen what the short-term future holds for the Tottenham-owned defender.

O’Neill enjoyed a winning start to life as Stoke boss, masterminding a 4-2 win at Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

It was only their third Championship win of the season but there was no room in the first XI for the Spurs centre-back, who was dropped by O’Neill.

Instead, the Northern Ireland manager elected to pair Bruno Martins Indi and Danny Batth in the middle of defence and, considering the result, it’s bad news for Carter-Vickers.

The 21-year-old, who hasn’t played a competitive game under Mauricio Pochettino since 2017, was once a hugely promising player in North London.

But Pochettino’s acquisition of the likes of Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez has made him a forgotten man and it seems very unlikely that he has much of a future when he returns to Tottenham next summer.

In the mean time, he’ll hope to do as well as he can under O’Neill, but it’s an ominous start.

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