Tottenham Hotspur are Premier League title contenders this year. They also just lost their most experienced defender to a long term injury. With Jan Vertonghen out for six to eight weeks with a knee injury, many would expect Spurs to take advantage of the transfer window being open and buy a replacement.
Not so fast says manager Mauricio Pochettino. He has singled out American youth international, Cameron Carter-Vickers, as a player who Spurs can lean on for defensive cover while the Belgian is sidelined.
"We have a lot of players in defensive positions that can play. We have another youngster from the academy, Cameron Carter-Vickers.
"He's young but he has enough quality and he's been training with us from the beginning of the season and playing with the Under-21s.
"I think it's a good opportunity [for him] to stay with us now more consistently. I don't expect to [sign a player to] cover Jan Vertonghen, I think we have enough players to cover his injury."
-Mauricio Pochettino; Source: Ham&High
This news doesn't mean that Carter-Vickers is expected to play a big role for the North London club this season. What it does mean is that they value him as a prospect and rate his skills highly enough that they don't have to worry about buying someone. Not only is he in their short term plans, he's a prospect they value for the long haul and have in their plans.
The club are hoping to bring through Cameron Carter-Vickers as right-footed RCB deputy to Alderweireld in long term. https://t.co/1oNmIG9MX1— Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) January 28, 2016
Expect to see the U.S. U-20 defender make the matchday squad soon and possibly even get some first time minutes. Not too shabby for an 18-year-old.