Ipswich have secured Cameron Carter-Vickers on a loan deal until the end of the season. This was just after Tottenham Hotspur had recalled their centre-back from a loan deal at Sheffield United.
Cameron Carter-Vickers Loan to Ipswich: A Future at Spurs?
Why the Recall?
The time period between the two loan deals reveals the answer to why the first spell ended. After all, Spurs do not need any more depth at centre-back. Instead, it suggests the first initial loan deal was not suitable. Initially, Carter-Vickers performed well, even grabbing a goal on his debut. However, since becoming a regular starter for the Blades, he has encountered criticism from the fans. They complain that he is making too many mistakes, costing them vital points. It’s easy to make a loanee player a scapegoat, so it would be harsh to simply judge him from this criticism.
This move means that the player joins another Championship club. It is a shame that no Premier League clubs will take Carter-Vickers on, but perhaps this indicates that he may not still be ready. Ipswich currently sit 12th in the Championship, only four points behind Chris Wilder’s side in sixth place. Thus, whilst a quick glance at the table might suggest an inferior move, it can be argued that the player is transferring to the same competitive level. It is a league that is physical and often end to end. It may not provide the same experience for Carter-Vickers as the Premier League might, but it is still preparation for entry into the top flight.
Will he Break Through?
Physically, Carter-Vickers has the strength and build necessary for any Premier League centre-back. However, he may be considered relatively small at 6ft, in comparison to first-team players Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld (who are both 6ft 2″). Nevertheless, he has little progress to make in terms of physical attributes in the game, which is quite uncommon for young defenders.
However, Carter-Vickers seems to still have a weakness in his mental side of the match and technical ability. The mistakes he committed at Sheffield United were due to lapses of concentration, mistakes that could be easily avoided. For example, an under-hit back pass, or perhaps getting too easily turned with poor body positioning. Consistency in any game of football is important, but in the Premier League, it is absolutely vital. Whilst arguably players of lesser quality may squander chances, the world-class elite of the Premier League will punish any mistake made. After all, it is often a mistake that leads to a goal, in an otherwise heavily contested match.
Juan Foyth appears to be favoured over Carter-Vickers as a rotation choice for the first team players. It may be fair to argue that Foyth, after making his transfer from Estudiantes, needs to settle at Spurs and its local environs before moving again. Carter-Vickers, on the other hand, has graduated from the academy and is the more sensible choice to loan. Nevertheless, he has to work even harder if he wishes to break through into the first team. It will be hard to upset the dream three piece defence of Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez, though. Injury always opens a door for squad players, and this is where Carter-Vickers could make his chance.
The transfer of Carter-Vickers to Ipswich is a good move overall. Whilst Premier League experience would have benefited him to a greater extent, more first-team football will still assist his development. He leaves Sheffield United behind after patches of good and bad form. It is clear that this is a young player very much still in the throes of development, and needs time yet before challenging for the first team.