Report: Alfie Whiteman could join Tottenham Hotspur first-team ranks

Alfie Whiteman of Tottenham in action during hte Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at The Lamex Stadium on August 24, 2018 in Stevenage, England.

The Spurs academy goalkeeper is well regarded by coaches at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Alfie Whiteman of Tottenham in action during hte Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at The Lamex Stadium on August 24, 2018 in Stevenage, England.

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alfie Whiteman has been earmarked as a potential candidate to join Mauricio Pochettino's first-team ranks as the Argentine seeks to make a decision on a third-choice goalkeeper, according to Football London.

Spurs released Michel Vorm at the end of last season, leaving Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga as the club's first-team goalkeepers, and the report claims that Pochettino is hoping to add a homegrown option to provide cover and learn from the more senior stoppers.

 

The 20-year-old, "born and bred in Tottenham" and "well regarded by the coaches at the club and at the FA" (Football London) has yet to make a senior appearance but he signed a new deal at Tottenham in October last year and has often trained with Lloris, Gazzaniga and Vorm during the past couple of seasons.

Whiteman was also an unused substitute in a number of Premier League and Carabao Cup games in recent campaigns, including against Brighton & Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town (league) and Watford (cup) last season, according to Transfermarkt, and was also in the 26-man travelling squad for the Champions League final against Liverpool (Football London).

Paulo Gazzaniga, Alfie Whiteman and Michel Vorm of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on January 03, 2019 in Enfield,...

Football London has also claimed that former Southend United goalkeeper Edward Smith is currently on trial with Tottenham, being named in goal by Spurs for their pre-season clash with Dulwich Hamlet as well as making the squad against Ebbsfleet Town.

Though the Tottenham first team's goalkeeping department is adequately stocked at present at the upper level, with Lloris and Gazzaniga both safe pairs of hands, it is good to see Pochettino look to the future and potentially give some local talents the opportunity and responsibility to join the senior setup.

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