As a club with a proud academy history, Tottenham fans take great pride in seeing their own on the pitch. Through Harry Kane, they have the perfect example of a local boy made good; a captain, major goalscorer, and key hero of the fans. Even with a murky transfer demand lingering over his reputation, most Spurs fans have more than enough credit in the bank for Kane.
Another example is Harry Winks. Though the young playmaker has lost his way in recent years, it is clear he is a talented player who excelled in the right system.
Another Spurs boy making good on his name is Oliver Skipp. Having returned from a productive loan spell, new coach Nuno Espirito Santo has gotten to work on giving Spurs fans what they want – a younger, vibrant team with academy talent in the squad. Skipp has now broken into the first-team to the point where he is arguably even ahead of Winks in the pecking order.
Skipp, though, might not be the only youngster to break into the first-team this year; Harvey White is moving ever-closer to first-team action. At only 20, the player is making a real name for himself in the U23 squad and has provided six goals and assists so far. The fact he plays a holding midfield role and has those kind of numbers shows a really interesting, versatile midfield option.
At 20, he has enjoyed spells on loan at Portsmouth, with the South Coast club keen to see him return after his previous loan. NES, though, has quickly seen enough of the player to determine that he could be a huge asset in his new Spurs side.
With first-team action expected soon, could White be the next academy kid to assert himself?
When will Harvey White get a chance?
International breaks are typically a cursed time for Spurs fans, with at least one key player injured each time. And while no fans wants to see any player injured, at least in midfield an option exists in the academy to try out. Indeed, White was tipped for a big time future in the game by his boss at Pompey, Danny Cowley.
Cowley, who has worked with a serious of impressive young talents, was effusive of his praise of White by saying: “Harvey is going to be a good player and got real maturity beyond his years. He’s a really intelligent footballer. He watches loads of football, understands it and gets it.
“You only have to tell him an instruction once. He’s like a sponge and you’ll tell him something once and then he’ll be doing it. He’s so easy to coach, a coach’s dream.”
With Nuno looking to build a team that can play his complex system with ease, the versatility and game understanding of a young talent could be just what he needs to get things back on track. Expect White to make his debut before the end of the calendar year, especially if the usual international injury bug rears its head once again.