Kaboul or Stambouli: Who has most to fear from Veljkovic’s Tottenham return?

Could Tottenham Hotspur teenager Milos Veljkovic take minutes away from one of the club's current players?

On Wednesday afternoon, Tottenham Hotspur announced on their official Twitter account that Milos Veljkovic had returned to the club following his loan spell at Middlesbrough.

The 19-year-old is highly-rated at White Hart Lane but he made only four appearances for the Championship side prior to his return, raising questions over his next step.

Could he be sent out on loan again or would the player benefit from spending the second half of the campaign at his parent-club?

Only time will tell, but should he remain there are two Tottenham players who could see their playing-time directly impacted.

Younes Kaboul has slipped down the pecking order in North London and Velkovic’s return is not going to make the Frenchman’s path to the first-team any easier.

The teenager may only have three senior Spurs appearances under his belt but manager Mauricio Pochettino has shown he is not afraid to put his faith in youth and aside from the FA Cup – where he is cup-tied – Veljkovic could be used as an alternative to first-choice defenders Federico Fazio and Jan Vertonghen if required.

But Kaboul is not the only player who could have an interest in what Veljkovic does next. After all, the Serbian is also adept at playing in defensive midfield – an area of the pitch where Tottenham have struggled for consistency this season.

Some Tottenham fans feel Stambouli is not cut out to play in this Spurs side and if he continues to struggle Veljkovic could be given a chance to show he can do better.

Of course this is all speculation at this time, but if the youngster does remain at Tottenham in 2015 he could well get chances ahead of two Tottenham players seemingly at opposite ends of their careers in North London.

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