Championship boss praises Tottenham prospect, declares interest in extending loan deal

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Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has been praising the impact of Tottenham loanee Milos Veljkovic.

Tottenham have had some success in bringing through young players since the arrival of manager Mauricio Pochettino this summer, with the Argentine handing starting places to a number of youngsters.

The likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane have all had bigger roles under the former Southampton boss, and other hot prospects are tipped for the first team in the coming years too.

Alex Pritchard and Tom Carroll are currently out on loan at Brentford and Swansea City respectively, but project to be important players for Spurs in the future.

Another player farmed out by Spurs for first team experience is midfielder Milos Veljkovic, with the Serbian Under-21 international developing away with Middlesbrough at the moment.

The 19-year-old impressed against Blackburn on Sunday, and Boro manager Aitor Karanka not only moved to praise Veljkovic, but also admitted his interest in extending his loan deal beyond January, when it will expire.

"He did well, his performance was good," he said. "Maybe in terms of play he could be better but I am pleased with him because it was difficult for him to play in that kind of atmosphere, the stadium was nearly full, 7,000 people from Middlesbrough were supporting us."

"He is just 19-years-old and he showed confidence. I am thinking about the future and I am pleased with his performance. At the moment we have to wait and think about the second part of the season," admitted Karanka.

Pochettino and Spurs will be delighted to see Veljkovic developing at the Riverside Stadium, and may well accept an extended loan deal if Boro ask the question.

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