Cameron Carter-Vickers finally made his Bournemouth debut on Saturday and helped the EFL Championship side advance in the FA Cup competition.
Carter-Vickers put in a 90-minute performance in a 4-1 victory over Oldham Athletic, giving manager Jason Tindall a first glimpse of what he could do in competitive action. It was a strong outing for Carter-Vickers, who had been sidelined due to an ankle injury.
“When he first came he was getting used to how we play and what was expected and did a lot of work on the training ground,” Tindall said post match. “And then he had the setback of the ankle injury that kept him out for some time. But I think testament to how hard he’s worked on the training pitch and whilst he’s been injured with the medical team.”
“To go out and deliver a real good, solid 90-minute performance, you wouldn’t have thought he hasn’t played for the amount of time he has. Ifelt he was really solid. Really pleased with that.”
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The U.S. Men’s National Team defender completed 96% of his passes from his center back position while also completing one tackle, making five recoveries, one interception, and four clearances. He was rarely troubled by the lower league visitors, who conceded three goals after halftime.
David Brooks and Dylan Bahamboula traded goals before the interval, but Bournemouth pulled away in the second-half. Rodrigo Riquelme’s 49th minute finish proved to be the winning goal before Josh King scored a brace in a 12-minute span late in the half.
It was a positive day for Carter-Vickers who will now aim to help Bournemouth in its quest for automatic promotion back to the English Premier League. The Cherries currently sit third in England’s second-tier, two points behind second place Swansea City and six behind leaders Norwich City.
Carter-Vickers is in the final year of his contact with parent club Tottenham, but very well could be rehearsing for a move elsewhere this summer.