Whiteman joined the Allsvenskan side in August this year and helped his team avoid relegation to the second tier of Swedish football, as Degerfors confirmed survival on the last day of the season.

 

The Spurs shot-stopper made 13 appearances in the Allsvenskan while out on loan, playing every match for Degerfors after the end of August until the final day when he had to miss out due to injury.

 

 

Whiteman stressed that he knew moving to Sweden would present challenges for him, but he did not flinch as he was willing to step out of his comfort zone and thus took up the opportunity.

 

In the end, the goalkeeper is happy with how his spell worked out in Sweden as he got used to the rigours of playing regular football.

 

 

Speaking to Spurs’ official website, Whiteman said: “I knew it would be an adjustment but I was happy to take on that challenge – I’d been wanting to have an experience like that and test myself football-wise and as a person, putting myself outside my comfort zone with a new country and a new culture, so yes, it was a great experience and it helped me so much because it was amazing to get into the swing of playing games every week.

 

“I really noticed the difference when I got into the rhythm, so it was great in that respect as well and I’m thankful to everyone at Degerfors for having me.”

 

 

The shot-stopper has now returned to England and it is unclear what the future holds for him, with the goalkeeper having a solitary substitute appearance to his name for Spurs’ senior team and 30 appearances for the Under-23s.