Why Tottenham's Milos Veljkovic needs a successful loan spell this season

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The young Tottenham Hotspur player needs to get some regular game-time under his belt.

The summer transfer window may have only just closed but the emergency loan window for Football League clubs is just days away.

As a result, a number of top flight clubs could be seeing enquiries for some of their younger or fringe players and Tottenham Hotspur in particular have a whole host of talent that could be available on a temporary basis.

While Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is likely to use some of his next generation at times this season, one player who could really benefit from a successful loan spell is Milos Veljkovic.

The 19-year-old centre-back-cum-defensive midfielder has already been on loan at Middlesbrough and Charlton Athletic in his brief career, but injury and competition for places have meant he has just seven senior appearances in the Championship – to go with his three first-team matches for Tottenham.

Following his successful under-20 World Cup campaign with Serbia, some Spurs fans may feel Veljkovic is ready for more regular game-time with the senior side, but in truth what he really needs is a prolonged run in the second tier to really build up his experience.

Veljkovic is already in danger of being overtaken by the outstanding Cameron Carter-Vickers, with the under-21 captain a future Tottenham star in the making, but with the young American likely to remain in North London and continue his development it would be no surprise to see his older teammate shipped out again.

This time he needs regular football, and if that happens he could return to Tottenham finally ready to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Nabil Bentaleb and Dele Alli.

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