Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino explains Cameron Carter-Vickers loan
LONDON -- Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed why he sent U.S. youth international Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan, explaining his "two-year rule" for the club's young players.
Carter-Vickers, 19, joined Sheffield United on loan on Friday, following Joshua Onomah, who joined Aston Villa, in moving to the Championship for the season.
Pochettino has previously refused to loan out Tottenham's best young players, preferring to keep them with the first-team squad where they can learn from teammates and his coaching staff.
Asked if he had changed his policy this summer, Pochettino explained that he gives young players two seasons with the first-team squad in which to establish themselves and, after that, prefers to send them on loan get some experience, rather than stagnate.
"There's no change," Pochettino said. "I think after two years, nearly two-and-a-half, of working with Josh and Cameron, if they cannot reach the starting eleven regularly, this season was now the opportunity for them to move and try to play.
"Cameron last season really didn't play too much. The risk is when you don't compete when you're young. The most important thing is to give the possibility to try to achieve and play regularly in the starting eleven. If after two seasons, you've not achieved that, it's a moment to give the possibility to play in another club. Like with Kyle Walker, Danny Rose or Harry Kane.
"One thing is to send on loan a player before giving them the possibility and enough time to try to achieve the level that we want or we expect. If they don't achieve that, now is the moment to give the possibility to move and play and learn and maybe then to come back and be ready to play regularly in the first team.
"The good example is Harry Winks. Harry broke into the first team and started to play regularly, that's why [we] now consider him like a first-team player. But if he didn't play after two years involved in the first team, it's a moment to move and try to develop and find the possibility to play more and learn and improve and then the possibility to get in the first team."
Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.