Tottenham Hotspur are thrilled about the impact Harvey White is making on loan at Portsmouth, according to The Athletic.
While Harry Kane may be the prime example of a young player needing to hone his talents out on loan before exploding onto the scene at his parent club, it is not often Spurs farm their most gifted kids out to the lower leagues.
White, then, is certainly more of an exception than the rule.
The Kent-born 19-year-old is highly rated in the capital and even made two first-team appearances under Jose Mourinho this season.
So there were a few raised eyebrows when the news broke that White would be spending the rest of the 2020/21 campaign at Fratton Park, joining League One promotion-chasers Portsmouth on a short-term deal.
Early signs, however, suggest that the move was the right one. The England U18 ace scored his maiden senior goal during last week’s 1-0 triumph at Oxford United too, and it seems his match-winning performance did not go unnoticed back home.
According to The Athletic, Steve Hitchen, Tottenham’s technical performance director, contacted White after the game to explain just how proud the Premier League giants are of his development away from North London.
“Harvey’s definitely got a big future,” Portsmouth assistant coach Joe Gallen told The News, comparing White to another homegrown hero who has made quite the impact at Spurs.
“He’s got a lot of ability, but his mentality is also very, very good, especially for such a young player.
“Looking back to when we had Harry Kane at Millwall, there was a realism about that kid as well. He and Harvey are very similar people, they have very similar attitudes, a similar mentality.
“There’s that will to win, a good attitude and then ability. It’s very similar.
“Harvey has a lot of learning to do, a lot of games to play, but I do think he has a very big future ahead of him.”