A big opportunity has presented for the Tottenham Hotspur third goalkeeper, Alfie Whiteman, as he looks to gain some first team experience.
The 22 year-old, who made an impressive 2021 / 22 pre-season with Spurs, has officially joined Swedish Allsvenskan side Degerfors IF on 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! 👏
Whiteman joined the Tottenham academy since he was 10 years old, and in November, 2020, he made his first team debut as a second-half substitute in Spurs' 4-0 Europa League win over Ludogorets.
The goalkeeper has also been capped by England at the youth level.
Playing in Sweden perhaps won't compare to the experience of playing in the Premier League, but the fact that it is first division football will for sure give Whiteman motivation to keep improving.
This summer, Whiteman conceded two goals in the three pre-season games he played for Tottenham, and even saved a penalty in the friendly against MK Dons. He created the penalty, but redeemed himself by saving it.
What does this mean?
With his departure, it will most likely mean that Brandon Austin will be the third goalkeeper for Tottenham's first team.
Austin spent time on loan with the Major League Soccer side Orlando City FC, where he put on some great displays why led him to earn to trust from the American fans.
''Thank you Orlando,'' Austin said following his loan at the United States. ''The time has come for me to say goodbye but I want to thank everyone in the Club for making my time here one that I will never forget.'
Thank you Orlando City fans for your support throughout, you are special.''
It will be hard for Austin to play some first team football this season as he's behind Hugo Lloris and Pierlugi Gollini in the pecking order.
Realistically, the inaugural UEFA Conference League is the only competition where Austin could make his debut with the Spurs senior squad.