Tottenham Hotspur defender Milos Veljkovic made his first start for loan club Middlesbrough yesterday and largely impressed with his performance at the heart of the Championship side's defence.
'Boro took on Blackburn Rovers this weekend and although they weren't able to pick up the three points in the fixture Veljkovic still performed a key function for the side.
The Serbian defender helped his side keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against a Blackburn side with one of the most dangerous strike forces in the division and he would have been happy with his performance throughout.
Veljkovic slotted into the Middlesbrough defence with consummate ease, helping them to thwart Blackburn strikers Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede.
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The youngster made three tackles, completed two interceptions and won a header in an impressive defensive display.
He also attempted 36 passes during the match and although he would have been hoping to be more accurate with his distribution, after finding a teammate with only 72% of his passes, he still proved to Aitor Karanka he is capable of playing for the Championship side.
Veljkovic commented today that he wants to extend his loan spell at the Riverside and more displays like this weekend's will help his chances of staying no end.
Tottenham consider the 19-year-old to be one of their brightest prospects, but they are keen for him to get first-team football to aid his development and Veljkovic is already showing that he is comfortable playing in the second tier.