Why Milos Veljkovic should not be loaned out by Tottenham this summer

The 19-year old looks likely to spend next season away from White Hart Lane.

A recent report in The Telegraph claimed that Tottenham Hotspur academy quartet Harry Winks, Josh Onomah, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Luke McGee would feature in the first team squad next season.

The consensus is largely that Milos Veljkovic will be loaned out again this year following spells at Charlton Athletic and Middlesbrough last season. Spurs were said to be monitoring the Serbian during his excellent Under-20 World Cup triumph before deciding on his next move, as per The Mail.

But links with the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Marc Bartra suggest central defence is an area Tottenham are looking to strengthen further.

Veljkovic would undoubtedly struggle to break into the Spurs team next season and would likely feature a great deal more at a Championship or bottom half Premier League team. However, the benefit of his increased game time needs to be weighed against the detrimental effect of another season being spent away from the training pitch and Mauricio Pochettino’s methods.

If those four academy members are viewed as first-team contributors next season, then surely Milos Veljkovic should be too? Unlike those youngsters, he has experienced time away from The Lane and played in England’s second tier, albeit curtailed through injury early on.

He has just returned as a world champion and confidence will be sky high. Europa League and cup games should ensure 10-15 appearances and a stay would also expose him to a season’s worth of vital footballing education, training with Tottenham’s top stars.

His versatility – comfortable in the holding midfield role - could also be useful as Spurs seek to offload several of their unwanted central midfielders.

There is no doubting the kind of impact Veljkovic could have on a championship or ‘smaller’ Premier League side but his progression suggests he may yet be worth keeping around White Hart Lane next season.

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