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Stoke City simply must seek to replace awful Ashley Williams with Cameron Carter-Vickers

Stoke City simply must seek to replace awful Ashley Williams with Cameron Carter-Vickers

According to a recent report from the BBC, Cameron Carter-Vickers could be set for a move away this month. The 20-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League side Tottenham having come up through the youth ranks at the North London club, although just four senior appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s men suggests that he still remains some way away from commanding regular football.

And reports suggest that Swansea City are closing in on a move for the £900,000-rated talent (as per Transfermarkt), yet it is Gary Rowett’s Stoke City who are clearly in need of the centre back in a bid to replace the awful Ashley Williams in the Potters backline.

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Ultimately, the Staffordshire-based outfit secured the Wales international’s services on loan for the entirety of the season from top-flight side Everton, which certainly came as a welcome relief to some Everton fans after the defender’s poor end to the 2017/18 season.

And he hasn’t started brilliantly at Stoke either in starting three of their opening four Championship matches, in which time the Potters have failed to keep a clean sheet, while he also received a red card in the 3-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic on Wednesday to further compound his misery.

And having received a red card in his last appearance for Everton last term, it’s clear that Williams simply isn’t the centre back he once was, and is now arguably a liability to have in one’s backline.

Thus, Stoke simply have to replace him in the starting line-up, and Spurs’ Carter-Vickers could be the man for the job.

The 20-year-old may not have featured regularly for Tottenham in recent times, but he proved his Championship credentials last term in appearing 17 times for Sheffield United in the first half of the campaign, before adding 17 appearances for Ipswich Town after Christmas to help them finish in the top half of the table.

As such, his efforts last season suggest that the United States international has what it takes to succeed and produce the goods in the Championship, and that is exactly what Stoke are crying out for after a woeful start to the new campaign.

And with Williams proving to be nothing short of awful so far this term, replacing him with the 20-year-old is something Rowett must seek to do this month.

Stoke fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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