Defender suggests he wants to replace Toby Alderweireld in Tottenham’s first team

Defender suggests he wants to replace Toby Alderweireld in Tottenham’s first team

Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld lies injured during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium in London, on November 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)


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.



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