Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks continues to be linked with a loan move to Valencia this month and Jose Mourinho must now consider promoting Harvey White to his first-team to replace him.
According to Sky Sports, the La Liga side are interested in signing the England international on loan this month, including an option to buy.
The 24-year-old has struggled for game time in Mourinho’s first-team so far this season, having made just seven appearances in the top-flight for the Lilywhites, in which he has averaged a disappointing 6.34 rating.
During his time with Spurs, Winks has made 159 first-team appearances but has only managed to contribute three goals and three assists.
The summer arrival of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, combined with Tanguy Ndombele establishing himself as a regular, was perhaps always likely to mean the academy graduate was going to struggle for minutes this season, so Mourinho should consider letting him join Valencia this month.
After all, the Lilywhites have a plethora of talent coming through their academy and they may well go on to eclipse Winks in the future, so the North London club can afford to let the 24-year-old go.
One academy talent who could replace the midfielder is Harvey White. The 19-year-old made his first-team debut in the Europa League earlier in the season before playing 90 minutes in their 5-0 win against Marine in the FA Cup last weekend.
The midfielder has been in superb form with the U’23 side this season, having contributed three goals and seven assists in just 11 appearances in the Premier League 2, suggesting that he is ready to be promoted to the first-team on a more regular basis.
The youngster could also be compared with Frank Lampard, who Mourinho managed during his time with Chelsea, as like White, he was a serious goal threat from midfield, contributing 70 goals and 61 assists in 215 appearances under Mourinho for the Blues.
When White was rewarded with a new contract in 2020, Football.London journalist Alasdair Gold was full of praise for the youngster, saying:
“Really good to see Harvey White getting a three-year deal. Shows how much the club rate the teenager. Very versatile midfielder, very good tactically and takes a terrific set-piece. He’s got a bright future ahead of him.”
Therefore, it seems as if the 19-year-old is very highly rated at Spurs and like Lampard, he is also renowned as a set-piece specialist, so if Winks does leave the club this month, White should be the one to replace him in Mourinho’s first-team.
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