Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino says the club's teenage centre-half Cameron Carter-Vickers deserves to play in the first-team having risen above Kevin Wimmer in the manager's pecking order.
Wimmer seamlessly stepped into the Spurs first-team last January to replace the injured Jan Vertonghen but is yet to make a single appearance this term.
A hamstring injury delayed his start to the new campaign but the Austria international, who signed a new five-year deal at White Hart Lane in July, is still to even make the bench.
In his place has been 18-year-old Carter-Vickers. The US under-23 international is still waiting to make his professional debut for the club but has been named on the bench in all four Premier League games this season and the Champions League clash with Monaco.
While Wimmer missed the club's preseason tour of the United States, Carter-Vickers took his chances, impressing his manager in games against Atletico Madrid and Juventus.
"If you watch again the game against Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan in pre-season, I think that maybe he deserves to play in the starting 11," Pochettino said of the teenager, Press Association reports.
"He can give to the team better quality than another player. All my decisions are because I think a player can give more things than another player. It's for that that I picked him on the bench.
"Kevin arrived late on the pre-season, was injured remember, he didn't play in Australia, and Cameron did very well. You can watch the games, and if he deserves to be on the bench, then why not? Because he is young? It's about performance."
Tottenham suffered the first defeat of the season in their Champions League opener against Monaco on Wednesday but will look to get back on track at home to Sunderland on Sunday.