Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has said loaned Tottenham midfielder Harvey White may have to wait for a chance in his side’s starting lineup, but backed him to retain that place once he would have had the opportunity.
White has joined Portsmouth on loan until the end of the season in the January transfer window, with the 19-year-old no doubt hoping to enjoy regular playing time at Fratton Park.
Since the move, White has so far made five league appearances for Portsmouth, but with everyone coming off the bench, and it seems that while Jackett is aware the teenager might want more starting opportunities, he looks like he just won’t put them back. to him on a plate.
Discussing the situation regarding White’s playing time at Portsmouth, Jackett told The News: “There are good signs and I think the creativity and distribution of the midfielder is offered. Tottenham wanted him to come in, compete and have that experience.
“Of course he and Spurs would like him to have playing time, but he’s at the right club where there is good competition.”
Indeed, it looks like Jackett is expecting big things from White by the end of the season, which will include more starting spots for the midfielder, the Pompey boss adding: “I was happy with what he did and I was very impressed with him.
“I’m sure he will keep pushing hard and when he gets the chance because he gets substitute appearances by the minute he will take some changes because I think he’s a quality player. “
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I think that’s the right approach Jackett needs to take when it comes to White’s playing time.
The chance to improve with more consistent first-team football was undoubtedly a key motivator in the Spurs man’s decision to temporarily move to Pompey last month.
However, the challenge of competing for a place in the starting lineup is also an experience that you think can benefit White further down his career, as it’s something he’s likely to encounter at some point. in his career.
Indeed, with Portsmouth doing well at the moment, it can be difficult for Jackett to justify a change of sides if it’s not necessary, meaning White may have to wait their turn here.