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Derby County are just one of a host of Championship clubs hoping to finalise a deal to take Spurs defender Cameron Carter-Vickers on-loan for the remainder of the season, according to a report by TEAMtalk, as Phillip Cocu looks to get his side moving up the table as the Rams enter the business end of the season.
Carter-Vickers spent the first half of this season out on-loan at Stoke City, but was recalled after he fell out of favour with Potters manager Michael O’Neill and with little chance of making a breakthrough at Spurs a move away on loan, that could ultimately become permanent, could be on the cards.
So would Carter-Vickers prove a good fit at Pride Park and is he needed?
“Derby would certainly benefit from adding some reinforcement to their team’s spine before the end of the window, and Carter-Vickers could well be a good fit for the Rams given his style of play.
“It didn’t quite click for him at Stoke during the first half of the season, but his performances at Swansea last term suggest he is a strong ball-playing centre-back who could fit nicely into Cocu’s plans at Derby.
“This may not be the exciting addition that Derby fans are perhaps hoping for in the last week of the window, but the Tottenham man’s past record suggests he can provide a strong option at the back for Championship sides.
‘If Derby are in the market for a defender in the final week of the window, Carter-Vickers would definitely be a reasonable option.”
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“I think this would be a really smart move from Derby County.
“Things didn’t work out for him at Stoke City in the first half of the season but he’s proven he has the quality to succeed at Championship level in the past and he has great pedigree–having come through the Tottenham academy.
“After losing Richard Keogh earlier this season and with Krystian Bielik also out for the rest of the campaign, adding another centre-back looks a smart move.
“A player of Carter-Vickers quality could help continue to turn the Rams’ fortunes around and would be an excellent signing.”
“This is another case of really asking if a team like Derby are in need of numbers in the defensive area of the field, and the answer to that question would be no.
“Cocu’s side are just starting to really settle in defence and become something of a unit after an inconsistent start to the campaign, so therefore the Dutchman should look to stick with what he has.
“A move for Carter-Vickers is only likely to come to fruition if Derby sell one of their existing defenders, which, at this stage of the season, would be an extremely questionable move from the Rams.
“The priority for Derby this window should be looking at finding a way to improve their goal output, as at present they are one of the lowest scoring sides in the division.”