Alfie Whiteman’s had a couple of big weeks for Tottenham Hotspur. The 20-year old Spurs academy keeper got a big promotion after Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm were both out injured. While third string keeper Paulo Gazzaniga got the temporary job between the sticks, Whiteman took his place on the bench as the emergency backup.
And by all accounts it’s because he deserved to be there, not because there was no one else. Whiteman has apparently impressed Tottenham enough that the club has announced that he has signed a contract extension with Spurs through 2020.
✍️ We are delighted to announce that young goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman has signed a new contract with the Club, which will run until 2020. pic.twitter.com/TivMwn2lXR— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 8, 2018
It’s not hard to see this and think that there’s a strong chance that Alfie could become Spurs’ new third keeper next season. Michel Vorm’s contract expires this coming June and it doesn’t look likely that he’ll be offered a new one next summer. Unless Spurs go out and buy someone, Alfie looks like he has the skills to step in as the break-glass-in-case-of-emergency shot-stopper.
Whiteman is a life-long Spurs fan and an academy grad, and I love the idea of giving that third keeper slot to someone who has come up through the ranks at the club. It potentially also gives Spurs an extra couple of Champions roster slots since Alfie would be considered association-trained, and assuming Spurs make the competition next season. Although, Alfie is young enough to be submitted on List B, so I don’t know how that would work, especially.
Either way, I love seeing academy grads get new contracts, and hopefully this is a statement of confidence in Alfie.