According to a report from the Sun, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is lining up a potential loan move for Tottenham Hotspur defender Milos Veljkovic and, if it happens, it could be the best option for all concerned.
Villa are in need of defensive reinforcements with Ron Vlaar seemingly no closer to signing a new deal and looking increasingly likely to leave on a free transfer this summer.
The recent signing of Micah Richards would soften the blow if the Netherlands international did leave for pastures new, but it could be argued that Villa are currently a centre-back light, given that Nathan Baker’s ongoing injury problems must always be factored in these days.
When Baker is fit, he joins Richards, Jores Okore and Ciaran Clark as one of four senior centre-backs (should Vlaar leave), but if the former is side-lined for any length of time – as has often been the case in recent seasons – the presence of Veljkovic would be very welcome.
The 19-year-old is also versatile enough to solve more than one problem, able to play defensive midfield if required.
Again, Villa could benefit from that and Sherwood obviously knows Veljokvic well from their days together at Tottenham.
Some Spurs fans may argue the time is right for the teenager to be given a chance in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team; especially after the player helped his side to the under-20 World Cup this summer. But a loan move to the Premier League – and under a manager who already knows his strengths from his time both as manager of Tottenham and working in their youth set-up – could be the far better option.
Veljkovic is likely to get more chances at Villa than he would at Tottenham, and Sherwood’s ability to get the best out of young players could in fact be the making of the player in the top flight.
If that happens, Villa could get an ideal short-term utility man and Tottenham could learn that Veljkovic has what it takes to be a Premier League star of the future.