Why Tottenham youngster Miloš Veljković may have to perform a first-team role

Tottenham Hotspur's Miloš Veljković may go straight into the first team when he returns from Middlesbrough.

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Miloš Veljković could be in line to land a chance in the first team when he returns to White Hart Lane. 

The Serbian is currently on a loan move to Middlesbrough until the middle of January, but he could find that he is immediately promoted to the starting line-up when he arrives back in North London. 

Veljković can perform a function in the Spurs side that few others can at the moment and, with their options depleted, he is likely to move up the pecking order. 

Tottenham have generally operated with the midfield axis of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb, but with the latter heading off to the African Cup of Nations with Algeria there is a place in the squad up for grabs.

Spurs have Benjamin Stambouli, Mousa Dembele and Paulinho to choose from to fill the void, but none of the trio have earned manager Mauricio Pochettino's full trust as yet. 

Veljković, meanwhile, has impressed during a temporary spell in the Championship. The 19-year-old was handed his first start for 'Boro last week and after the match the North East club's boss, Aitor Karanka, was full of praise for his Tottenham loanee. 

“I am very pleased with Milos," Karanka said to the Gazette after the side picked up a 0-0 draw with Blackburn Rovers. "I felt he was the best player on the pitch in the last game.

“He went onto the pitch at a difficult time and he showed everyone he is a mature player, even though he is only 19 years old.”

Veljković has been regarded as one of Spurs's top talents in their academy system for some time and it seems now may be a better time than ever for him to make the step up.

Pochettino has already proven that he is not afraid to trust the club's youngsters to make an impact and Veljković could be next in line to benefit from this faith. 

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