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Derby signing this 22-year-old PL starlet on loan would be a boost to their fragile backline

Cameron Carter-Vickers of Stoke City looks dejected during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Huddersfield Town at Bet365 Stadium on October 01, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Getty Images)
Cameron Carter-Vickers of Stoke City looks dejected during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Huddersfield Town at Bet365 Stadium on October 01, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Getty Images)

Why Derby County must sign Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan

According to TEAMtalk (h/t The Derby Telegraph), Derby County are among the host of Championship clubs looking to sign Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, 22, spent the first half of the season on loan at Stoke City. He made 15 appearances for the Championship club but was recalled by Tottenham at the start of the month after falling out of favour under new Stoke City boss Michael O’Neill.

The report (h/t The Derby Telegraph) adds that Fulham, Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough have enquired about the 22-year-old’s availability on loan for the rest of the season.

Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers in action. (Getty Images)
Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers in action. (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Derby County are currently 16th in the Championship with 28 games played and remain nine points behind the final playoff spot. They are unbeaten in their last five league games, winning three in the process.

The Rams need a boost at the moment with some ageing and inexperienced players not hitting the heights. Wayne Rooney has bolstered Derby’s attacking options and Phillip Cocu would be wise to shift his focus towards addressing the defence, which has leaked 36 goals in 28 games.

Derby are short in that department following Richard Keogh’s sacking back in September. Curtis Davies has been sloppy at the back and is slowly heading towards the twilight of his career. Matthew Clarke arrived on loan from Brighton before the start of the season but has struggled with injury problems. A lack of stability at the back has haunted the Rams and Cocu should attempt to solve his defensive problems before the transfer window closes.

Manager of Derby County, Phillip Cocu during the FA Cup Third Round match between Crystal Palace and Derby County at Selhurst Park on January 05, 2020 in London, England. (Getty Images)
Manager of Derby County, Phillip Cocu during the FA Cup Third Round match between Crystal Palace and Derby County at Selhurst Park on January 05, 2020, in London, England. (Getty Images)

Having said that, the Championship club must go for Cameron Carter-Vickers. The 22-year-old spent last season with Swansea City, making 33 appearances. Before that, he spent time with Sheffield United and Ipswich Town. The USA international made only 15 appearances for Stoke in the first half of this season but another loan spell would help him gain additional experience.

Verdict

Carter-Vickers would be a good signing for Derby since his presence would boost a position that needs depth. Hence, Cocu’s Derby should complete a deal for Carter-Vickers as quickly as possible.

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