Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Santo may have made his intentions very clear as several first-team stars were missing from training ahead of Thursday evening’s UEFA Europa Conference League clash against Vitesse.
All ten of the outfield players who started the 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Sunday were seemingly given the day off, perhaps in preparation for the weekend’s London derby with West Ham United.
It means we should expect a large degree of rotation when Spurs travel to Arnhem to face the Dutch top-flight outfit later today.
Amongst those that did train at Hotspur Way on Wednesday were some of the club’s promising youngsters, including goalscoring midfielder Harvey White, who made his first start for the Lilywhites in their FA Cup win over non-league minnows Marine last season.
Some senior pros like Dele Alli are surely in line to start at the GelreDome but perhaps it’s a good opportunity to hand some of these exciting prospects some experience when it really counts.
White seems primed to feature for the first-team again, particularly after a successful loan spell with Portsmouth last season, who tried to keep hold of him for the coming campaign but for Nuno’s involvement.
During his time at Fratton Park, Pompey boss Danny Cowley waxed lyrical about his potential.
“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,” he told The News.
“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.”
Across the Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy, the 5 foot 6 White has provided three goals and three assists, proving to be a crucial option in Wayne Burnett’s side.
As per WhoScored, the 20-year-old averaged 3.4 tackles, two shots and 1.6 key passes every 90 minutes in League One last season, which suggests he’s a box-to-box type who could fill that spot in midfield over Alli, who has underperformed as of late.
Nuno must take a punt on White in the Netherlands this evening.