Watford have used Tottenham as a happy hunting ground for transfers recently.
Watford have found that signing players from Tottenham has been an extremely fruitful exercise in recent years, bringing in Heurelho Gomes and Etienne Capoue over recent seasons.
Capoue has established himself this season in the first-team, whilst Gomes has been a key player since the beginning of last term, but prior to leaving Spurs the duo had become outcast figures at White Hart Lane.
Gomes had spent part of his last season on loan with no path back to the first-team, whilst Capoue reportedly had issues with his attitude and mentality which meant that Mauricio Pochettino did not want to play him.
It will likely never ben known if these rumours are true, but Spurs wanted to get rid of the duo, and Watford have benefitted massively.
And now there is another Tottenham outcast who the Hornets should swoop for in January.
Milos Veljkovic, 20, is considered one of the best youth talents in English football, having been part of Tottenham’s academy system since 2013. The Serbian youth international was part of the Under-20 side who won the World Cup in 2015, and many believed this season would be the one in which he makes an impact on Spurs’ first-team.
However, the young midfielder has been relegated to Under-21 action, and the Independent reported yesterday that Veljkovic is set to leave White Hart Lane in January. His contract expires at the end of this season, and Spurs are set to sell him in January rather than risk losing him for free in the summer.
Watford should swoop in to sign Veljkovic in January, as the youngster fits all the traits of a signing which would be made club owners the Pozzi family.
Thew 20-year-old is young, undervalued by his current club, and has proven that he has a wealth of potential. Many believe he is already good enough for Premier League action, and the potential sell-on fee in a few years is massive, meaning the Hornets could only make profit on signing him.
Veljkovic is able to play in both defensive midfield and centre-back, and he would be guaranteed a certain amount of first-team football this season. Central defence is well stocked at Vicarage Road, but defensive midfield somewhat lacks in depth, and Veljkovic would be a solid back-up option.
Valon Behrami has proven his less than fantastic disciplinary record, whilst Capoue himself has sometimes trod the line between fair and foul play. Ben Watson is a reliable, if not outstanding, back-up option, and Adlene Guedioura has too much of an attacking mentality to play in a holding role.
This would make Veljkovic another back-up for the holding roles, and he arguably has the potential to exceed all the current members of the Watford squad.
Spurs are set to lose one of their most highly rated talents in January, and Watford should be ready to move for him as soon as the transfer window opens.