Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley has been speaking about his summer plans, regarding Tottenham midfielder Harvey White.
Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley has admitted that he would love to bring Harvey White back to the club for a second spell. White spent the second-half of the League One campaign on loan to the club from Premier League side Tottenham.
Cowley has said that he would like to sign the “great” player on a permanent basis, but concedes that Portsmouth do not have the finances to facilitate such a move and that he would be open to another loan. He told The News:
“Harvey, we love Harvey. He’s a great player and a great kid. We loved working with him. He’s on an upward curve and will get better and better.
“If Tottenham were prepared to let me take him on a permanent we’d be delighted. But I’ve got a feeling, and we’re very respectful of Tottenham who we have a good relationship with, I’ve got a feeling they have big plans for Harvey.
“So I don’t anticipate having the finance to do that, unfortunately. We’d be absolutely open-minded to taking him temporarily again, though.”
Portsmouth owner Michael Eisner must now sanction a deal to bring White back to Portsmouth.
As Cowley has said, a permanent move for White is unlikely and Eisner should not risk the financial stability of the club to fund a swoop for the midfielder. However, the owner should be looking to negotiate an agreement with Daniel Levy to bring White in for a second season on loan in League One with Portsmouth to aid his development and bolster Cowley’s squad.
Cowley has made it clear how highly he rates White and is adamant that he would like him back at Fratton Park for the 2021/22 campaign. This is why Portsmouth should be working hard to complete a deal for the youngster to show Cowley that they have faith in him and are willing to provide him with the tools he needs to be successful.
If the manager can get the players he wants in the door this summer, it will hopefully give the club are greater chance of securing promotion next term.
Although, it must be stressed that it was the 19-year-old’s first forage into senior football and the past few months could have been a great experience for him to make sure that he is ready to kick on next term.
Cowley clearly saw enough of him in training to believe that he can return in pre-season and progress into a valuable member of his team.
Improving all the time, he’d be another solid addition to their ranks next term.