Whoever Jose Mourinho’s successor is at Tottenham Hotspur, he will have plenty of emerging prospects available at his disposal.
It seems as if Spurs’ academy at Hotspur Way is bursting with young talent, particularly in midfield, where Oliver Skipp is in line to earn a first-team berth next season following a successful loan spell at runaway Championship winners Norwich City.
The 20-year-old is likely to take up a place alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, but with the way the Dane has been performing, there’s no way of knowing how long that could last going into the future.
Later down the line, Spurs may need to tap into their youth system once more and in Harvey White, they could discover their long-term partner for the impressive Skipp.
Just like the Canaries loanee, the 19-year-old gem has been enjoying a stint away from north London, getting regular game time at League One outfit Portsmouth.
Perhaps he’s a year or two behind Skipp right now but all the signals that he could become something great are there.
Pompey boss Danny Cowley recently waxed lyrical over White, especially as he’s trusted the young Spurs prodigy greatly since taking over from Kenny Jackett in mid-March.
Speaking to The News, Portsmouth’s local online newspaper, Cowley tipped White for big things. He said:
“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.
“He’s got a great attitude, good pitch coverage now we’re trying to get him used to the combative nature of the transitional game in League One he’s probably not used to in development football.”
The 5 foot 6 dynamo, who made his debut for Spurs against Ludogorets in 2020 and started against Marine in the FA Cup just a few months later, has made 19 appearances for the third-tier promotion hopefuls, scoring once.
On the above evidence, White could well develop into a future star in north London and even though he has a long way to go, he looks primed to become a decent option alongside Skipp, even if he has to wait for Hojbjerg to go.
In three different League One games this season, White has delivered two or more key passes and he’s not afraid to drive forward and have a go himself, managing two or more shots in four outings, as per WhoScored.
This summer, the new Spurs boss – whoever that is – could have two promotion winners waiting in his academy set-up and that surely has to be an attractive prospect.
In a few years’ time, we could well see Skipp and White marshalling the Spurs midfield together.