Boro’ did their business right up to the end of the summer 2023 transfer window; making a move for the highly-rated Harvey White. It’s possible we had a leg up in the race for the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder too. After all, the Lamex would’ve been White’s “home” ground for Spurs’ U21 team. Mind you, he had some exposure to the first team with the Premier League club; impressing then-gaffer Antonio Conte in a friendly match against OGC Nice during the 2022 World Cup.
That much, however, is consigned to history. As of September 2023, White was a fully-fledged Boro’ boy; not a loan deal, but a permanent transfer – and a chance to really build his career. At the time, we’d made a relatively solid start to life in League One. The arrival of White, however, came with the potential to take us up a level. And the deal also capped an impressive window for Boro’. Of course, the enduring question is whether we can make all the parts fit. You’d think the head on White’s shoulders would make that easier than not.
Harvey White: Before Boro’
Yes, White had been making strides at Tottenham Hotspur after joining their academy as a youngster. But there were also a couple of loan spells away from north London that offered a taste of full-blooded senior football. An opportunity to join Portsmouth came his way in early 2021; one that he took and one in which saw him feature in the EFL Trophy final – albeit as a runner-up. More recently, White had a spell at Derby County on loan; coming in on the final day of the January 2023 window and seeing out the 2022-3 Championship season.