Tottenham Hotspur are a side not currently short on central midfielders, with Antonio Conte currently being able to call upon the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bissouma, Oliver Skipp and Pape Matar Sarr for either of the two positions in the heart of his typically deployed 3-4-2-1 formation.
However, it was reported over the summer transfer window that the 52-year-old manager was keen to add a more forward-thinking option to his current pool of midfielders, with Spurs being linked with the likes of Nicolo Zaniolo, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Nicolo Barella – although Fabio Paratici would ultimately fail to bring a new attacking midfielder into the club.
And, following Tottenham’s 2-0 Champions League defeat to Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday night – a fixture in which Bentancur and Hojbjerg failed to create any real opportunities from the middle of the park – it is not difficult to understand why Conte would have been keen to add a more creative and decisive player to his current central options this summer.
Having said that, the answer to the Italian’s prayers could already be staring him in the face – in the shape of Tottenham Hotspur U21 captain, Harvey White.
While it is true that the 20-year-old has been deployed as a defensive midfielder more often than not so far in his career, the youngster’s excellent passing range, incredible set-piece ability and knack for both scoring and creating chances are undoubtedly all traits that would help to improve Tottenham’s current lack of creativity in the heart of midfield.
Indeed, the £540k-rated talent has been a continuous source of goals and assists during his time with the various age groups in the Spurs academy, scoring nine goals and registering seven assists over 25 appearances for the U18s, bagging one goal and providing one assist over 13 fixtures for the U19s and notching 14 goals and registering 17 assists in 57 outings for the U21s.
Furthermore, the £11k-per-week playmaker is also an exceptional free-kick taker, something he demonstrated during a training session alongside Son Heung-min and Eric Dier, in which the 20-year-old crashed an expertly placed free-kick into the top right-hand corner of the goal.
Harvey White’s free-kick tekkers 👀 👏🏻
— The Spurs Web (@thespursweb) April 22, 2022
The midfielder also demonstrated his dead-ball speciality in a 4-1 victory over Leicester City U23s in November of last year, with his stunning direct free-kick perfectly mirroring his technique in the video above, something which demonstrates his consistency around the edge of the opposition penalty area.
TENDANGAN ROKET! 🤩
Harvey White cetak gol cantik saat tim U23 kami menang 4-1 atas Leicester City Senin kemarin! 🚀
— Tottenham Hotspur (@Spurs_ID) November 24, 2021
Further still, the journalist, presenter and self-confessed Spurs supporter Ben Haines also appears extremely excited by Whites’ creative ability, stating of the midfielder in a post on Twitter back in January:
“Absolutely buzzing for Harvey White. Brilliant player in the making, beautiful passer and also a wonderful set-piece taker which Spurs absolutely could do with atm!”
As such, while it would be insincere to suggest that White is on the same level as a player such as Zaniolo at present, should Conte place his trust in the 20-year-old, the midfielder could prove to be a dream alternative to the AS Roma talent – as the Spurs sensation quite clearly possesses all of the traits required to become a real star in the heart of the Tottenham midfield.