MIDDLESBROUGH’S latest loan signing Miloš Veljković goes straight into contention for tomorrow’s away game at Brighton (kick-off 3pm).
Boro boss Aitor Karanka has signed the 19-year-old holding midfielder from Tottenham Hotspur on a three-month loan that lasts until mid-January. His Spurs team-mate, Ryan Fredericks, is already on loan at the Riverside.
Also capable of playing in defence, the Serbian U21 international was recruited based on the shortage of midfielders that Karanka had at his disposal before the two-week international break that has preceded the Seagulls’ match.
“It is a position we needed to strengthen because last month when we had suspensions we had problems in midfield,” the Spanish manager said.
“He can play as a midfielder and as a defender. He is here for three months and then we will feel how he is (if he is to stay for longer).
“He is a good lad and I was speaking with his manager (Mauricio Pochettino) because I know him from his time in Spain.
“He is part of the squad for tomorrow because I want him to feel like he is one of us at the beginning.”
“I want to get the most out of my time here and play as much as possible – when I get the chance I hope I can impress the manager and fans,” the new number 29 told www.mfc.co.uk
“Ryan told me it’s a great club. He said there are great openings for young players to play here and develop. I’ll try my best in training and give 100per cent.”
Veljkovi’s arrival could mean that Hartlepool-born Bryn Morris – who captained England U19 this week during their successful European Championships qualifiers – is sent out on loan.
One thing for certain, according to Karanka at least, is that Brighton’s lowly 19th position is not representative of the team that Sami Hyypiä has.
“Brighton’s position is false in the table,” he told BBC Tees.
“They have a very good team, crowd, stadium and coach and maybe he needs more time to settle in because it is his first job in England.
“He used to play for Liverpool so he knows the country.
“When you’re a manager you need to know more things so it’s difficult but they will get higher.”
He remembered: “I have good memories of last season (at Brighton). We played them when they were fighting for the play-offs and we beat them 2-0.”