Hotspur Harvey joins Pompey on loan

By Samuel Carter

Portsmouth have signed highly-rated Tottenham Hotspur youngster Harvey White on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old is a left footed central midfielder who has also played at left-back and centre-back for Spurs’ youth sides. 

He has made two appearances for the senior side in the Europa League and FA Cup this season and is also an England U18 international..

White offers cover at two positions: filling in for the recalled Cameron Pring at left-back and makes more competition for Tom Naylor and Andy Cannon at the heart of Pompey’s midfield. 

A spokesperson from a prominent Spurs fan account, The Spurs Web, said White has the technical ability to play in League One.

They said: “Harvey White is very hard working, that’s why he is where he is. He’s not blessed with physicality but he’s certainly a very technical player. Left footed and very versatile, he’s best utilised in central midfield but can operate as a left back.”

“He’s also a set piece specialist and a very good crosser of the ball.”

They also hope White will continue his upward-trajectory in development by getting first-team football at Fratton Park.

“Spurs fans have very high hopes for him”, he said.

“Fresh off that debut against Marine, our excitement has grown further. Mourinho really likes him and Pochettino involved him within the first team too. That doesn’t happen with luck.” 

“We really hope at Portsmouth he can gain some first team minutes. We’ve seen Skipp develop nicely on loan at Norwich so we are hoping the same for Harvey at Portsmouth.”

Speaking on the club website, Kenny Jackett discussed White’s technical ability and range of passing, while also stating he’s “100% ready to feature in the EFL.” 

The manager has hinted throughout the summer that he wanted to add a forward-thinking midfielder to Pompey’s squad, and the left footer also brings some much needed balance to a side with an abundance of right-footed players. 

White has already scored at Fratton Park while playing for Tottenham U21s in the EFL Trophy last year: curling in a left-footed free-kick from just outside the penalty area.

His arrival does not count towards the EFL salary cap and will allow Bryn Morris to move on loan, with a number of League Two clubs interested.

Photo: Portsmouth FC

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