Milos Veljkovic is a Spurs youth player that we have been keeping an eye on for a few years now. An academy colleague of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, and Nabil Bentaleb, the 19 year old Swiss-Serbian defender has had a rougher time breaking into the first team than his friends. After a rough season on loan in the Championship, Milos told The Independent that he is ready to impress manager Mauricio Pochettino and stake his claim as the next Tottenham academy player to make the step to Spurs' first team.
"Next season my goal is to play for Tottenham's first team. I played with Kane and Bentaleb a few years ago in the same team. Now I want to keep going hopefully on the pre-season tour I will impress the gaffer again."
Veljkovic had a rough go of it this season. His first loan, a three month stay with nearly-promoted Middlesbrough, was a disaster: Boro already had a strong team and Veljkovich couldn't crack the starting lineup. He returned to Spurs in December having barely played, and went back to the Championship on loan to Charlton Athletic, where he injured his shoulder after three matches. He returned to Spurs to recuperate and prepare to play for Serbia in the U20 World Cup, which begins this weekend in New Zealand.
Milos is capable of playing both center back and defensive midfielder, which puts him in a potentially difficult role in Tottenham's squad next season. Spurs have all but confirmed the addition of Austrian center back Kevin Wimmer from FC Köln, and could be looking at other defensive options. Spurs are also saddled with (at present) a glut of central midfielders, including two true defensive mids in Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli. However, Mauricio Pochettino has a proven record of developing youth players and using them if they are good enough. With an impressive performance in the World Cup and a positive off-season, Milos may just get his chance to finally prove that he can excel at the Premier League level, either with Spurs or on a Premier League loan.