We reported on this yesterday, but now we can say that it’s officially official — Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman is heading to Sweden this season to play for Swedish first division club Degerfors. The agreement is for a season-long loan.
Goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman has joined Swedish Allsvenskan side Degerfors IF on a season-long loan.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 12, 2021
Good luck, Alfie!
The only real question between now and yesterday was that when we first reported this via the Swedish media, nobody was certain if this was a temporary or permanent move. Now we know.
It does make a certain amount of sense. This is the 22-year old Whiteman’s first loan in his Spurs career, and while he’d be a capable third keeper he’s at the point in his career where he needs first team starts. The Swedish first division isn’t exactly a prime European league, but it doesn’t have to be — it just needs to be a place where Alfie can get stops between the sticks, and Degerfors seems to be a club where that can happen.
For Spurs, that means that, unless something else comes up, Brandon Austin will likely take Whiteman’s place as Tottenham’s third keeper. Austin is coming off of an MLS loan with Orlando City that didn’t have a ton of starts for him but in which he reportedly comported himself quite well. And as far as third keepers go, sure, fine, whatever. He’s young and English, and it’s very likely we won’t ever have to use him except for perhaps in the Europa Conference League.
This looks like a good opportunity for Alfie. Go get ‘em, buddy.