24th September 2017. Bouncing Day. Sheffield United fans long remember that 4-2 win against Wednesday but it’s unlikely that many will choose to remember that a certain Cameron Carter-Vickers was part of that XI.
Carter-Vickers, then just a teenager looking to make his way at Tottenham, arrived at Bramall Lane on a loan deal as Chris Wilder sought squad improvements following promotion. During his time at The Lane, the now 23-year-old made 18 appearances, including playing 90 minutes in that memorable day at Hillsborough.
But, since then, we’ve heard little of the USA international. Fleeting loan spells have happened but in terms of making an impression at Spurs, there’s been little progress. However, this season might be the time it changes for ‘CCV’, with the defender excelling up in Scotland with Celtic.
And while we recognise Carter-Vickers isn’t the most memorable loan signing we’ve ever made, it’s still interesting to see a former player doing so well for a huge club.
Normally, just putting together a piece about a former loan player might hold little meaning. However, Carter-Vickers appears to be a different case. That is, if today’s listing from Football Scotland is to be read into.
Football Scotland have produced what they believe is a list of the top central defenders in the SPFL. Remarkably, despite well-known impressive performers north of the border such as Connor Goldson and the highly-rated John Souttar, it is Carter-Vickers who comes out on top.
Described by FS as an ‘impressive athlete’ with great ‘physical attributes’, ‘CCV’ has helped the Bhoys to the best defensive record in the league. Indeed, their report now claims Spurs value the defender at a cool £10m.
Certainly, it shows the value in never giving up and sticking at it. Sometimes it just takes the right club to come along for a player. Carter-Vickers was by no means a superstar at Sheffield United. But just a few years down the line, and he’s showing his true value to a huge club.