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POTS Top 5: Carter-Vickers on the NBA, swapping shirts & loan moves

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Cameron Carter-Vickers came fourth in our supporters' Player of the Year voting, and earlier in his Cherries career he sat down for a special interview.

While he signed for the club on loan in October, injury meant the centre-back didn't make his debut until the new year.

However, after forming a miserly defensive partnership with Steve Cook, Carter-Vickers quickly cemented his place in the team and impressed the Bournemouth supporters.

Interviewed below for the early-February MATCHDAY programme, the loanee gave an in-depth account of his life and career at the start of his time with the club.

Over the bank holiday weekend we will be rounding off the top five in your voting with our similar sit-down features from across the season.

How have you found your first few games as a Cherries player?

It’s been good for me to be out there playing, some of the results recently could have been a bit better and that’s something we’ve been looking to improve on, both the performances and the results.

How frustrating were your first few months here, having to watch on injured from the sidelines?

It was very frustrating, I want to play as many games as I can so obviously to come here, learn how the team plays and my role in that and then unfortunately get injured after that made it a very frustrating time.

I still work with the physios, they’ve been good to work with here, and now I’m back playing again.

How is the injury now, are you suffering any lingering effects?

I’m fully over it now, as with any injury you get some aches and pains when you come back and that’s just part of it. My ankle feels good now and I’m ready to go.

The manager has said it takes time, as with any new player, to bed you in and show you how to play in his side, how has that been for you?

It’s been good, with every team that I’ve been to the manager’s had a different style and the team’s played in a different way.

As a player it’s something that I’ve had to adjust and had to do that as quickly as I can, trying to get on the same path that the team are on.

Normally during your loan moves you’ll have gotten to know the fans and the area, how has it been this time when that’s not been so possible?

It’s true, what I’ve seen of Bournemouth it seems like a beautiful place – probably a bit better in the summer when it’s warm! To be honest, I haven’t really done much around Bournemouth apart from going to a few restaurants before lockdown.

I wish the fans had been able to come to games, it’s been difficult not having them in the stadium, hopefully they can come back soon.

Which of your loan spells do you think has been the best so far?

It’s difficult, I think all of them have been good for me, be that with the learning curve personally or with the team doing well. I’ve enjoyed all of them, Luton last year was good as the side eventually stayed up and that was a good achievement.

Before that, Swansea, Ipswich, Sheffield United, they’ve all been good experiences.

Have you played Sheffield Wednesday before, and how have you done in those games?

I’ve played them a few times, I played them in my second league start ever with Sheffield United, that’s obviously the derby and it was a big game.

It was away from home for us and we won 4-2, Brooksy played as well. We went 2-0 up before they brought it back to 2-2, but we went on and won 4-2, that was a good game.

Your dad used to play in the NBA, are you any good at basketball?

I like to think I’m alright, I can play a little bit. I’m probably a bit too short to have ever thought about being a basketballer, I played in school a bit and enjoyed it. I’m alright, but not the best.

My dad was a point guard but is six foot four of six foot five so he’s pretty big compared to most people, but then in the basketball world he’s not the tallest either.

What’s your father up to now?

He lives in America now, he played in France for ten or 12 years and that’s how he became a French citizen, he then played for two or three years in Greece, but he’s back in America now. He’s not really that involved in basketball anymore.

You have eight caps for the USA national side, when was the last time you got the chance to go to there?

The last time was… I think two years ago now. It was in the summer and we had the Gold Cup with the US national team.

After that I flew down to see my dad for a couple of weeks, he’s based in Louisiana, right down south, it was so hot there.

So much has happened in America recently with Donald Trump, his supporters and the election, do you follow much of that?

A little bit, I’m not really deep into it but I do follow it. I’m an American citizen but even with that it doesn’t affect me too much because I don’t live there, but I do take an interest with my dad being out there.

You joined Tottenham when you were still young, what are your first memories of being at the club?

I was just 11 years old when I signed in the academy at Tottenham so that’s over ten years ago now.

I can’t remember too much from back then but the times I really remember was when I became a scholar at 16 and going full time.

Who have been the standout players you’ve taken on at training with Spurs?

The hardest to train against is probably Son Heung-Min, he’s very sharp, he moves the ball quickly and he’s explosive.

Harry Kane as well is strong, and a few years ago when I was just starting to train with the first team you had Mousa Dembele. He had quick feet, was strong and powerful and he used his body really well to shield the ball, he was one of the best in training back then.

Where is the best place you’ve visited during your footballing career?

There have been a few, South Korea was interesting and I wouldn’t have gone there without football. That was for the under-20 World Cup about four years ago, that was a good experience.

Brazil too, I’ve been there twice with the US team, that was a pretty cool country.

You get to look around a little bit, for the under-20 World Cup we were there for four or five weeks and we got a few days off where we were able to go out and explore a little bit, England even won that competition.

Do you swap shirts, which would be the best one you’ve collected?

I actually don’t swap shirts too often, but one game I did swap shirts in we played France just before the World Cup in 2018.

That was a warm-up game and I swapped shirts with Benjamin Mendy from Man City, that’s probably the biggest player whose shirt I’ve got.

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