Werder Bremen further eased their relegation fears this week, by beating bottom side Koln 3-1 at the Weser Stadion. The man who opened the scoring will no doubt be known to Tottenham Hotspur fans. Milos Veljkovic got the ball rolling in the win with his first ever league goal.
The Serbian has certainly gone on to be the hit Tottenham once hoped he might be for them.
It never happened for Veljkovic at Spurs. He made just two Premier League appearances for Spurs during his time at the club, whilst also spending time out on loan at Charlton Athletic and Middlesbrough. With first-team chances unlikely he left in February 2016. Veljkovic joined the Bundesliga side for a fee reported by Kicker to be in the region of €300,000 (£260,000) in hope of playing more regular first-team football.
After an initial settling in stage the centre-back, who can also play in holding midfield, has become an integral part of the Werder Bremen side.
He is clearly held in high esteem. Werder’s sporting director Frank Baumann recently told Deich Stube that he wanted to tie Veljkovic down to a longer contract:
“I have a legitimate hope that we can convince Milos of another future at Werder.”
The 22-year-old now looks set to head to the World Cup with Serbia this summer. Along with his excellent Bundesliga form it appears Tottenham might regret letting the versatile defender leave two years ago.
Tottenham’s development of young players has been impressive in recent years but not every talent they have can make it into the first-team. Unfortunately Veljkovic simply did not make the grade during his time at White Hart Lane.
But if he can continue to improve and with his contract expiring next summer who knows? Maybe Tottenham could bring the Bundesliga star back to North London one day soon.