Cameron relishing Swans challenge

25th August
First team

Cameron Carter-Vickers is relishing the prospect of a Championship challenge with Swansea City after joining the club on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

Carter-Vickers watched the Swans in action against Bristol City this afternoon having completed a medical at Fairwood.

The 20-year-old American international has opted to move to the Liberty Stadium despite attracting interest from a number of Championship clubs.

And Carter-Vickers is desperate to get down to work with Graham Potter’s squad.

“I am super excited,” he said.

“Swansea is a massive club and I can’t wait to get out training with the boys.

“When I spoke to the manager he told me how they wanted to play. I have watched them play a few times this season and you can see they play good football. I am looking forward to being part of that.”

Carter-Vickers has made four first-team appearances for Tottenham, where he put pen to paper on a new three-year deal earlier this summer.

But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino believes the young central defender will benefit from a stint in Wales.

Carter-Vickers has previous experience of the Championship, having played a total of 34 second-tier games during loan spells with Sheffield United and Ipswich Town last season.

And he hopes to play a part in ensuring the Swans go well in the second tier in 2018-19.

“I really enjoyed last season on loan in the Championship,” Carter-Vickers added.

“It is a tough league and you have to be focused to pick up points. Last season was good experience for me.

“It is still early this season but it has been a good start for Swansea and it is all about trying to get more points on the board now. Then we’ll see what we can achieve later in the season.”

Carter-Vickers played 17 games for Sheffield United in the first half of last season before moving to Ipswich in January and clocking up another 17 second-tier appearances.

“I went to Sheffield United first and enjoyed my time there,” Carter-Vickers added.

“They welcomed me in and played good football, so it was an experience I enjoyed.

“Ipswich was also a good experience for me. The Championship is tough. You play Saturday and Tuesday most weeks so you have to be prepared physically and mentally if you are going to pick up points.

“It’s a physical league, but I don’t mind that. I like going up against strikers, having to battle and having to fight.”

Carter-Vickers has four USA caps despite being born and raised in England.

He qualifies for America through his father, who is a former professional basketball player.

“My dad grew up in America and lives there now,” Carter-Vickers explained. “I play for them because I am close with him.”