According to the BBC, Championship side Swansea are close to securing a loan deal for Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.
This was a player that was unlikely to feature much under Mauricio Pochettino this season, so has wisely chosen to ply his trade elsewhere. Playing for promotion hopefuls Swansea is a great move for the 20-year-old.
This will be the third loan spell for Carter-Vickers (valued at 900k on Transfermarkt.co.uk), after spending last season at Ipswich and Sheffield United. But the question will begin to arise about the defender of whether he will ever break into the first team in north London.
This has happened to a number of promising players for The Lilywhites over the past few years. This happened to Tom Carroll and Alex Pritchard to name two; players that never made the grade, were loaned out continuously before being sold eventually. To a lesser extent this happened to the likes of Andros Townsend and Steven Caulker; players that featured a bit but didn’t make the cut in the end.
This is in no way saying that Carter-Vickers is going the same way as those players, he may still have a bright future at Tottenham. But for now it appears that he will continue to be loaned out. The fact that Pochettino has decided to keep hold of fellow 20-year-old Juan Foyth suggests the young Argentinian is held in higher regard than the American international.
So it seems like Carter-Vickers is in a state of limbo, where it is unclear whether he will make the grade at Tottenham. Although he is young, Dávinson Sánchez was almost the same age as him when he started playing regular football for The Lilywhites last year, Dele Alli was even younger.
Ultimately, there isn’t much point in loaning Carter-Vickers to about four different Championship clubs for the next four years. It’s a case of Pochettino making a decision about his player’s future as soon as possible, for the sake of his career.