The BBC confirmed yesterday that 19-year-old Championship defender Milos Veljkovic has moved to Charlton Athletic until the end of the season.
It could well be the best deal that Tottenham do in the current transfer window.
Veljkovic previously played in a Middlesbrough side, which has been successful this season, but he made only three appearances in the Championship for Aitor Karanka’s side.
He did show the versatility to play in different positions for Middlesbrough, but a move to Charlton represents an opportunity for him to play more.
One of the main things that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for from any player on loan over the rest of the season is that they’re playing frequently because that’s the only way loan players will become sharper and improve.
Charlton are also in the bottom half of the Championship table as opposed to in and around the lead like Middlesbrough.
Their defence this season has been worse (34 goals conceded compared to 18) and that suggests that Veljkovic is going to be under a lot more pressure than was the case when he played for Middlesbrough.
Defensive frailty in Charlton’s back four means he’ll be exposed and Tottenham will benefit from the experience he gains having to take and deal with that pressure on a weekly basis.
Playing for Charlton also represents the opportunity for him to play first team football for a London based club on a weekly basis, which will create some parallels to what life would be like every week in the first team at North London.
From Tottenham’s point of view it’s a no brainer.
A long term prospect in an important position gets the opportunity to play more in his preferred position and Spurs just have to sit back and reap the rewards.