This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Fulham are in the running to sign Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan from Tottenham but reportedly face competition from the likes of QPR, Derby County and Middlesbrough, according to TEAMtalk.
The centre-back was recently recalled from a loan spell at Stoke City and is expected to go back out on loan as he appears to have no future at Spurs, where he is well down the pecking order of centre-backs under Jose Mourinho.
So would Carter-Vickers prove a good signing for Fulham and is he needed by Scott Parker’s side?
“Carter-Vickers has proven in previous loan spells that he can provide solid depth for Championship sides, but I’m not convinced the Tottenham man is what Fulham need at the moment.
“The Cottagers may have looked shaky at the back at times during the first half of the season, but they have already strengthened their defensive ranks this window by adding Michael Hector and Terence Kongolo.
“Hector’s presence has made Scott Parker’s back line look much more stable in recent weeks, so it is somewhat surprising to see the West London outfit targeting another defensive figure before the end of the month.
“However, if Fulham deem that they need another centre-back before the window slams shut then Carter-Vickers would be a solid option to provide cover for the current defenders at the club.”
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“Carter-Vickers is a quality defender but I’d question whether this is a deal that Fulham need to get done.
“Michael Hector became available for them at the start of January and has made an impressive start to life at Craven Cottage.
“In Tim Ream and Alfie Mawson, Scott Parker has two solid Championship central defenders, while Denis Odoi is comfortable providing cover at the position and Terrence Kongolo has joined on loan.
“The arrival of Carter-Vickers would certainly provide them with more depth but I’d question whether he goes straight into the starting XI and whether his addition is necessary.
“If I’m honest, I don’t think it is!”
“This shouldn’t be a priority.
“There isn’t really a big need for Fulham to strengthen in this area of the pitch, as they have already acquired the likes of Michael Hector and Terence Kongolo, who will both in turn compete for a starting spot with Tim Ream and Alfie Mawson.
“Carter-Vickers is a talented player but it would be fair to say that he would be better suited to going on loan to a side where he is going to be guaranteed regular game time.
“His versatility and reading of the game makes him a good addition for most Championship sides, however a move to Craven Cottage seems highly unlikely at this stage.
“Scott Parker should focus on strengthening in other key areas if he is to see his side achieve their goal of promotion this term, particularly as we head into a congested list of fixtures.”