News was announced yesterday that a deal had been agreed with Tottenham Hotspur for Milos Veljkovic to join up with Championship side Middlesbrough on an initial three month loan deal.
The teenager also revealed that there is the option for both parties to extend the deal to the end of the season in a move which makes sense all round.
Popular Tottenham Hotspur blog THBN claims that Spurs have requested two assurances from Middlesbrough, which they’ve agreed to, related to the deal; that they help him work on his positional play and encourage him to fight for a first team place.
You could forgive Veljkovic for being ever so slightly complacent in dropping down divisions to get more regular football but the Championship is a competitive division and one where Middlesbrough are trying to get promoted.
Mauricio Pochettino will want to brand the same qualities onto all of his Tottenham Hotspur players that he developed at Southampton in terms of encouraging healthy competition for places.
It’s important that Veljkovic is used to that pressure when he returns to the club because he could be a solid defensive option for Tottenham Hotspur next season.
The point about his positional play shouldn’t be majorly surprising because it’s purely logical that Pochettino would want the 19-year-old to improve in terms of where he is and where he should be in a variety of defensive situations.
One of the easiest ways any player can defend is to create a natural barrier between himself and goal, but also preventing his weaknesses from being exploited in terms of his positions around the pitch.
Veljkovic will link up with Ryan Fredericks at Middlesbrough who has already proven how productive the Championship side can be for any younger player.