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Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate will be hoping to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes with a move for Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers being considered, according to a report by TEAMtalk, though the player is generating interest from a host of other Championship clubs.
The USA international has already been recalled from a loan at Stoke City over the first half of the season, due to a lack of game-time, but with limited chances available at Spurs, another loan move away with the potential to make the deal permanent could be on the cards.
So would Carter-Vickers prove a good fit at the Riverside and is he the sort of player that Boro need?
“This would be a sensible addition for Jonathan Woodgate’s side in the final week of the window given they are in the market for another defensive option, with Carter-Vickers having proven his Championship credentials already.
‘The Tottenham man possesses the perfect blend of Championship experience and potential to develop further, and this combination means he should be a good fit for Woodgate’s Boro side at present.
“It may not be the most exciting signing from Boro’s perspective, but it should be considered that Carter-Vickers looked extremely solid for Swansea last season while also displaying strong ball-playing ability from the back.
“This means he would be a good fit in Woodgate’s Boro side given the philosophy the head coach is trying to develop at the club, and this is the kind of signing the Teesside outfit should be working hard on in the final week of the window.”
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“This would be an excellent signing for Middlesbrough and one that really fills a need.
“Things have started to turn around for the North East club in the last month or so but you still feel they need to add some quality to their squad to help ensure survival.
“Centre-back is certainly not a position of strength for them and they’ve been utilising a three at the back that includes Jonny Howson and Paddy McNair, who are not out-and-out central defenders.
“Carter-Vickers has proven his quality at this level in the past and would give them another option at the back.
“Looking at their defensive line, it’s hard not to see him getting a starting role straight away and holding onto it for the rest of the campaign.”
“Cameron Carter-Vickers is certainly a player who would in theory be well suited to Jonathan Woodgate’s preferred style of possession football, with the Spurs defender having previously operated as part of a back three during his time at Stoke City.
“His calmness on the ball and ability to read situations quickly would make him a great candidate for the role of right centre back as part of the Boro backline, with Jonny Howson having had filled that role during the club’s last game, making for a far from ideal situation.
“It is clear that Middlesbrough are finally showing signs of gradual improvement after a pretty woeful start and perhaps the addition of Carter-Vickers could well give the team that extra boost they need to fly further up the table.
“This seems like a win-win situation for all parties concerned, as the youngster would continue his development at a club which plays football in a way that suits his own personal style, whilst Woodgate would have another experienced option to call upon during a heavily congested fixture schedule.”