Milos Veljkovic has not progressed at the rate that had been expected.
Spurs today confirmed that promising young goalkeeper Luke McGee had signed a new deal, keeping him at the club until 2019.
It follows the announcement of Cameron Carter-Vickers’ new deal yesterday and is a clear indication of the long-term vision at the club.
Those two most recent deals were proceeded by new contracts for Harry Winks, Josh Onomah, Eric Dier and Alex Pritchard in recent months - making for a rosy-looking future at White Hart Lane.
One young talent who is yet to commit for the long-haul however, is Serbian Under-20 captain Milos Veljkovic.
The versatile youngster – who is comfortable in central defence or holding midfield – was tipped for first-team involvement this season after his starring role in Serbia’s Under-20 World Cup triumph this summer, but that hasn’t yet materialised.
He was rumoured to be close to joining Leeds United on loan – as reported by the likes of YEP – but has remained at Hotspur Way and been restricted to appearances for the club’s Under-21 team.
Given the fact that the younger and less experienced Winks and Onomah have both seen first-team action this season, Veljkovic’s absence raises a few concerns.
There has been some suggestion that Pochettino doesn’t view him as high intensity enough to play to the style he requires and if so, his chances of making the grade at Spurs seem slim.
A stalling over the signing of new terms could have been a factor in the collapse of Veljovic’s loan exit and with most of Spurs' prospects being tied into new deals, now should be the time for movement on that front.
Despite his obvious quality and potential, there is the sense that should news remain quiet as far as the Serbian is concerned over the next few weeks - the departure of one of Spurs’ best young talents could soon be on the cards.