Harvey White is now gaining valuable League One experience after joining Portsmouth on loan for the remainder of the season in January.
Rated incredibly high at Tottenham, the 19-year-old signed a new long-term contract until 2024 in north London in December.
After a bench appearance against Ludogorets in the Europa League and a first start for the senior squad in the FA Cup win over Marine, Spurs decided it was best to loan the player out during the transfer window of January so that he can play regularly elsewhere.
Now in Fratton Park, White made a good impression on the South Coast after scoring a strong header to seal a 1-0 victory over Oxford United last week.
As it can only be good for his game that he gets involved in a promotional campaign with a league spot on the line, White will return to N17 a better player after his stint under Kenny Jackett.
So how is he doing so far while on loan at Portsmouth? football.london spoke to Hampshire Live’s Portsmouth correspondent Jonty Colman to find out.
How did Harvey White manage his first month in Portsmouth?
Harvey White initially had to wait to get a real run in the team, but he was regularly used as a replacement for Kenny Jackett, including his EFL debut just a day after moving to Fratton Park.
“Of the 10 games of the Blues since the arrival of the Whites, he participated in six of the first eight off the bench and started the last two.
“White fights with mainstays Tom Naylor and Andy Cannon in midfield, but is often turned to and in the last two games, has shown his versatility, starting as a very narrow left winger in a 4-4-2 formation . “
How did he deal with the shift from college football to League One, as there is a huge difference between the two?
“It’s not an easy step, but White’s training with Tottenham’s first team has clearly prepared him for it.
“Small in build, White fights hard every time he plays, and he has a fantastic left foot. If I had to compare him to a dog, it would be a Jack Russell.
“At first glance, he looks small compared to the average bully in League One, but he fights and is relentless. Lots of encouraging signs so far.”
Has he adjusted to his new role as a wide midfielder under Kenny Jackett?
“The move came as a surprise, with winger Ronan Curtis keen to play as a forward and the currently injured veteran Michael Jacobs, White made his full Oxford debut.
“He’s by no means a natural winger, and he often falls into central positions, but he presses high, is a good passer and has a nasty left foot that makes that transition work.
“However, time will tell how long he will hold his place.”
How much of a threat is he to Pompey in an offensive sense as he scored a brilliant goal against Oxford?
“Yes, a crisp head, that was on his full debut with Pompey to earn three points at Kassam Stadium, where Pompey has traditionally wrestled.
“Against Gillingham on Saturday. A well-hitting half volley forced a superb save from Jack Bonham in the first half and a scuffed effort after the break also forced Bonham to act.
“In the last two games he has appeared to be the Blues’ most likely player to score and shows a willingness to move forward and shake things up.
“White is also capable of whipping in a good set piece.”
What have Portsmouth fans done with him so far?
“They have been very impressed in the last two games because he has shown real quality with the ball.
“I think there is a desire to keep playing it on the part of the fans after the last two games, and rightly so.”
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What can Tottenham expect from him when he returns to the club?
“After his goal he spoke to the club media and you could tell how delighted he was with his winner.
“He looks like a hungry young player who has the desire to play as much as he can and develop as quickly as possible.
“After just two starts it’s easy to get carried away, but it would seem very hard if he lost his place for the trip to Doncaster Rovers later in the day.
“Jose mourinho will be sure to be impressed with the progress he makes. “