Cameron Carter-Vickers has said he aims to impress Mauricio Pochettino and break into Tottenham’s first team this season.
The centre-back spent last season on loan at two Championship clubs, Sheffield United and Ipswich Town, before returning to Spurs this summer and signing a new contract.
Mauricio Pochettino has voiced his admiration of Carter-Vickers in the past, but there were suggestions the defender didn’t have a future at Spurs when he was loaned out last term.
However, the 20-year-old’s new deal means he could be given another chances this season.
Carter-Vickers was part of the Tottenham side that won 4-1 against AS Roma this week, a game in which Lucas Moura played a starring role.
And the American has revealed he is keen to take advantage of the absence of Spurs’ World Cup stars – the likes of Toby Alderweireld, who continues to be linked with a transfer – in order to break into Pochettino’s first team plans.
“I’ve come back to Spurs this pre-season and I’ve been focused on working hard in every training session and trying to impress the manager as much as I can,” said Carter-Vickers (via the Guardian). “I’m at that age now where I want to be playing games.
“I’ve just signed again [a new contract] at Tottenham, so I’m aiming to get into that starting XI. I feel if you impress the manager here and you do the right things on the training pitch, he’ll give you that opportunity.”
It’s easy to forget Carter-Vickers is still only 20 and could yet develop into a top defender – Spurs fans will certainly be hoping that’s the case.