Pick the player currently in Tottenham Hotspur's youth academy that you think has the best overall shot of making it into Spurs' starting eleven. I know, it's not an easy choice – there are a number of good players in Spurs' academy ranks at present. One name that routinely comes to the lips of Spurs fans in the know is 17-year old English-American center back Cameron Carter-Vickers. A regular in the US men's national team underage ranks, he's got bags of potential. And now he's got his own insanely awesome Under Armor commercial.
Whoa. That commercial is baller, and it's impressive stuff for a teenager who actually hasn't yet cracked the first team for either Tottenham Hotspur or the USA national team. But he probably will, and soon. Carter-Vickers is extremely highly regarded by both the Tottenham and USA systems. He made the bench (but was an unused substitute) in Spurs' Europa League win over Monaco, as a 17-year old played for USA in this summer's U-20 World Cup (won by Spurs teammate Milos Veljovic's Serbia) and is a regular with the USA U23s. It's not out of the question that he could make USA's 2018 World Cup squad.
Think on that a second. He's 17 and is currently playing – and hanging – with players six years his senior. We rated him our third best Spurs prospect in this summer's Tottenham Hotspur Prospect Rankings. Insider rumors suggest that Spurs might be trying to send him on loan to a Championship or League One loan this January. His ceiling is super high, and if he continues to develop at the rate he has, it may not be a question of if he makes the Spurs first team, but when.
You don't tend to see commercials featuring USA or EPL soccer youngsters unless they've got tons of potential. Of course, it helps that Spurs are an Under Armor club, but making the decision to feature CCV definitely sends a statement.