In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern take a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring while away from their parent sides on loan, and provide a brief update regarding their form.
Tottenham Hotspur did not enjoy a great weekend in the Premier League as they were beaten away from home by Leicester City, to end matchday eight seventh in the table, and ten points behind early runaway leaders Liverpool.
Things were far better for some of Spurs’ loan contingent, though, as one helped toward his temporary side penning a clean sheet, another earned his second start of the league campaign, but another maintained an unwanted record.
It has been a long time since Cameron Carter-Vickers last featured for Tottenham’s first-team, with the Southend-born centre-back not lacing up his boots for action in north London since facing Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup back in January 2017 – his fourth senior Spurs game (TransferMarkt).
Since then, the 21-year-old has plied his trade for Sheffield United, Ipswich Town and Swansea City on various loan deals, and now finds himself back in the Championship with Stoke City as the Potters look to improve on last season’s 16th place finish.
Things have not started well for Nathan Jones’ side, however, with the bet365 Stadium natives currently 23rd in the Championship table, and only above last-placed Huddersfield Town by a point after losing six of their opening eight league games.
Carter-Vickers has only featured in three of Stoke’s league games thus far (WhoScored), but helped the struggling Potters to only their second clean sheet of the term last Saturday when they travelled to and drew 0-0 at Brentford.
No centre-back for either side recorded more successful tackles than the Spurs product, who won three of his four attempts, along with recording two interceptions, a 100% aerial success rate, and found a teammate with 86% of his 35 passes – only Badou Ndiaye (38/43) played more accurate passes for Stoke.
George Marsh made his senior Tottenham debut – and only first-team outing to date – in January, coming on as a late substitute as Spurs trounced Tranmere Rovers 7-0 in the FA Cup Third Round (TransferMarkt).
The 20-year-old has not had to wait as long to wrack up more minutes with loan side Leyton Orient, but has also wracked up a rather unwanted record, as the defensive midfielder has been issued a yellow card in each of his three successive appearances in League Two (WhoScored).
Marsh made his fourth-tier bow away to Exeter City on September 14, and retained his starting role against Crewe Alexandra on the 17th and again against Colchester on Saturday 21st.
Despite maintaining his 100 per cent booking record, the Pembury-born midfielder enjoyed arguably his best performance to date against Colchester, as he found a teammate with 65% of his 41 passes – one of which deemed key and four marked as long balls – along with a successful dribble, two tackles, two interceptions, a clearance and won an aerial duel.
Tottenham product Jack Roles is still waiting for his competitive senior debut in north London (TransferMarkt), having worked his way through the youth grades in recent years to warrant inclusion in Mauricio Pochettino’s pre-season plans before securing a half-season loan move to Cambridge United.
Things began promisingly for the central midfield at his temporary League Two side as he made his debut in the starting XI at home to Scunthorpe (WhoScored), but Colin Calderwood benched the Cyprus U21 international for the U’s following four fourth-tier fixtures.
A maiden goal against Mansfield after coming on with 19 minutes to play preceded Roles returning to the starting line-up at home to Swindon on Saturday, against whom he found a teammate with 71% of his 28 attempted passes – two of which were deemed key and one marked as a cross – along with one dribble and two tackles, but committed one foul and lost possession once through an unsuccessful touch.
Tottenham should be pleased in seeing Carter-Vickers and Roles return to their respective loan side’s starting line-ups over the weekend, while being satisfied with Marsh maintaining his 100 per cent appearance record.
Marsh’s disciplinary record could soon become a concern for Spurs and Leyton Orient, though, but his recent spate of bookings can be put down to the 20-year-old adjusting to a competitive division in what is only his first spell away from the youth grades in north London.
Spurs will be far more satisfied in seeing Carter-Vickers’ impressive defensive display as part of a struggling side, and will hope to see more performances like his against Brentford when the Potters face Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Friday night.
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