Harvey White joins Portsmouth on loan

The 19-year-old made his first start for Spurs in last weekend’s FA Cup 3rd round tie against 8th tier Marine AFC.

White impressed in the middle of the park as Tottenham went on to blitz their non-league opponents 0-5 on Merseyside.

The academy graduate has been training with the first team on occasion this season but Jose Mourinho has deemed the time is right for the youngster to go and get some regular match minutes.

League One club Portsmouth is White’s destination, with Kenny Jackett’s side going good guns in the third tier of English football.

Pompey are currently third in the table and are once more chasing automatic promotion to the Championship this season after back-to-back playoff failures.

Blues boss Jackett spent some time coaching in Tottenham’s academy setup before taking on the managerial role at Fratton Park and no doubt used his connections in North London to sanction this deal.

It will be a good opportunity for white to play some more first team football in a competitive and physical division.

Interestingly, White has already scored a goal at Pompey’s Fratton Park home – a sumptuous free-kick in to the top corner in an EFL Trophy fixture in 2018.

Cup campaigns important to Brighton boss Graham Potter

Potter has vowed to use the fixture to give some of his fringe players the chance to stake their claims for a place in Sunday’s Premier League clash with Newcastle.

Adam Lallana and Ben White will both miss the game after hobbling off in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea but are expected to be fit to face the Magpies.

Potter said: “We don’t see it as a distraction, we see it as an opportunity and a positive. We want to win the game and the team we put out will be a strong one.

“They will want to put the pressure on to play on Sunday and in the following games, and at this level every game is an opportunity to show what you can do and force yourself into situations.

“There will be changes – we had a Premier League game on Monday night and we’ve got another on Sunday and we’ve also got a squad who are desperate to play.”

Among those Potter could elevate to the starting line-up are midfielder Davy Propper and Dutch defender Joel Veltman, who remained on the bench for the loss to Frank Lampard’s men.

Veltman, who joined the Seagulls from Ajax this summer, figured in pre-season but Potter is determined to ease him into the first-team picture.

Potter added: “I’m really happy with Joel and I can see his quality every day. He contributes to the team meetings and he is a good character and personality.

“He hadn’t been with us for long before he went away with the Dutch national team so we probably just need to be a little bit more patient, and make sure that when he plays the conditions are right to show what he is about.”

Potter also believes the clash with their south coast rivals gives his side the chance to shrug off a spirited if ultimately disappointing performance against Chelsea.

“Performance-wise there were lots of positives but we’re still disappointed with the fact we came away with nothing and that’s where the work is, to turn the positive performances into positive results,” added Potter.

“The personality of the players was really good, I really liked their spirit on the pitch and it is something we can go forward with, I think.”

Sean Raggett departs Norwich for League One challenge

The centre back has signed a two-year deal at Pompey, where he spent last season on loan.

After a patchy start, the 26-year-old established himself as a regular in Kenny Jackett’s side who were beaten on penalties by Oxford in the playoff semi finals last month.

Raggett arrived at Norwich in 2017 after signing from Lincoln City, and leaves the Canaries having played 2 league games for the club.

Brighton boss faces Matt Clarke conundrum

Clarke, who signed for Albion last summer from Portsmouth, spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Championship side Derby County.

The left footed centre back, who is cultured on the ball and dominant in the air, scooped Derby’s player of the season award over the weekend, making it his third such accolade on the spin after picking up the same trophy at Pompey in the previous two campaigns.

Clarke’s consistent form will leave Brighton gaffer Graham Potter needing to weigh up whether the 23-year-old has merited a place in his Premier League squad for next season, or whether he should spend another season on loan.

Undoubtedly, there will be plenty of interest in the defender’s services if a loan move is to be the way forward.

However, Clarke’s solid showing this season in an albeit lacklustre Derby side has arguably earned him the chance to prove himself in the top flight.