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Milos Veljkovic returning to Spurs after Middlesbrough loan

Another loan for Mil... uh, well, actually, maybe not.

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Milos Veljkovic is returning to Tottenham Hotspur after his loan with Championship side Middlesbrough expired this month. The young Serbian center back was sent to Boro for a three-month loan this summer.

It wasn't the best of loans for our young, highly rated back – Milos only made four appearances for Boro while on loan, and only one start, against Blackburn Rovers in December. If the idea was to develop him into a player who could one day make an impact with the Tottenham Hotspur first team, this wasn't a good loan for him. It's not entirely clear why he didn't play more in Teesside.

Veljkovic's future is unclear at this point. He's well-regarded by Spurs, but this was clearly not a good situation for him. Mauricio Pochettino may look for another loan for him at a place where he can actually get playing time, or he may stay with Spurs' U21 team. With Pochettino's penchant for giving youth players a chance, and with Spurs reportedly in the market for a new central defenders, maybe Milos will get his chance with Spurs a little sooner than expected.

Boro also has Spurs' young right back Ryan Fredericks on a season-long loan; Fredericks has featured seven times for Boro so far this season, but is currently injured.