Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has admitted that he does not know about the future of Jamal Blackman and Milos Veljkovic.
While 21-year-old goalkeeper Blackman joined the Championship outfit from Chelsea in the summer transfer window, Veljkovic moved from Tottenham Hotspur in October.
Both the players are scheduled to return to their respective parent clubs in January 2015, and Karanka says that he has not yet decided whether he will try to keep the duo until the end of the season.
“I know what I am going to do but I prefer to speak with them first,” GazetteLive quotes Karanka as saying. “I am very pleased with both of them. They are both good lads and very good professionals and both of them have a very good future.”
Veljkovic has made just one appearance for Middlesbrough and that too from the substitutes’ bench, and he does not appear to be a very important part of the team.
The 19-year-old defender is talented and promising, but he is unlikely to get any playing time in the Tottenham first team if he returns in January.
If Middlesbrough are not interested in prolonging the loan deal, then perhaps he could try to find a club in the Championship or in the lower leagues on a temporary basis.
Veljkovic needs to play to develop himself. Staying at Middlesbrough is now allowing him to do that.
Perhaps a chance of scene could be useful.