Alfie Whiteman stepped off the bench last night to make his debut for Tottenham Hotspur against Ludogorets in the 4-o Europa League victory.
The 22-year-old goalkeeper has been a product of the Spurs academy for several years, becoming a regular for both the under-18s and the under-23s during his time at the club.
Whiteman has appeared on the bench several times in the Premier League but prior to last night had never stepped off the bench to make an appearance.
With the game already won against the Bulgarian outfit, Jose Mourinho chose to give debuts to Whiteman, striker Dane Bennett and Harvey White.
Following the game, the custodian shared an Instagram post in which he stated his glee at making his debut for Tottenham – earning him congratulatory messages from Japhet Tanganga and Everton midfielder Tom Davies.
Whiteman was naturally delighted to make his debut for the first-team and having spent so long with the club, it’s probably a dream come true.
The youngster does have a couple of years left on his deal and perhaps a loan spell might be on the horizon for January.
With Hugo Lloris established as the number one, Joe Hart earning game time as a deputy and Paulo Gazzaniga also at the club, more opportunities could be hard to come by for Whiteman.
The former England under-19 stopper is at an age where he’d benefit from first-team football and that could be something for Mourinho to think about.
Whiteman has proved a solid goalkeeper in the various youth levels and January might be the time for him to head out and develop his skills further.