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Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King has claimed academy player Cameron Carter-Vickers is better than he was as a youngster.

Mauricio Pochettino has a routine of bringing the club’s youth through the ranks, with the likes of Harry Winks, Harry Kane and Tom Carroll, and the America international looks set to be one to breakthrough next season.

Having been with the Spurs set up since the age of 11, the now 19-year-old has steadily impressed during his time at White Hart Lane, having made four appearances for the first-team this campaign.

Carter-Vickers has been progressing at such a quick rate, even Spurs hero King has been surprised and feels the defender is already a better defender than he was.

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He’s probably more physical than I was as a young kid coming through,” King told Bleacher Report.

“Maybe a better defender than I was, too.

“But on and off the pitch, I can see characteristics in our demeanour, our determination to want to improve and want to get to the top.”

It will be a huge challenge for Carter-Vickers to be able to gain a starting XI spot at White Hart Lane, with a solid defensive pairing of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen to compete with.

However, should the youngster continue to train and push the two centre-backs in training, it would only be a matter of time before the American becomes another highly-talented youth prospect coming through the academy ranks in North London.