Miloš Veljković hopes for more first team opportunities

Miloš Veljković captained the Development Squad in their opening U21 Premier League fixture against West Ham on Monday, a game they won 2-1.

Miloš Veljković hopes for more first team opportunities


This season the Spurs youngsters are playing their home games at the Lamex Stadium, home of Stevenage which has a capacity of 6,920. It is a good move by Spurs, in my opinion, not to be playing their home games on the training ground. The Lamex is a football stadium so the youngsters can to get used to home games in a proper football stadium, even nearly empty that has a significantly different feel than playing a game on the training ground.

The match preparation, the travel to the game, the changing room and then playing with stands around is all part of the experience to feel, especially for the youngest and newest members of the side making the step up. It's a step nearer, and feels like a step nearer, a professional football career.

Some of our Development Squad have experienced the big stage, Cristian Ceballos in front of 55,000 Seattle fans for instance or Veljković himself getting on in a couple of home English Premier League (EPL) games towards the end of last season under Tim Sherwood.

At just 18, 19 in September, he enjoys playing for the Development Squad and spoke with Spurs TV after the victory. He talked about the game and revealed his goal for this season.

"It was a tough game but we played well. Towards the end of the game it was important, they put us under a lot of pressure, put in a lot of crosses and I thought we defended well. We didn't play the best football but we won and this was good. 
"We prepared for this game and it was a tough game so it was good. 
"I thought we kept the ball in the first half good and we played well. Towards the end we could have done better keeping the ball but defensively we were solid and a good win. 
"Every opportunity I get for the first team I want to use it and hopefully I'll get a couple more, that's my goal. I want to get on, I don't just want to be on the bench, I want to get on, I want to use my chance."

He makes a very important point, the same point Harry Kane made, when you get a chance you have to take it. That is a valid point for youngsters  but it also equally applies to first team squad players.

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All these fans who say this player wasn't given a chance or that player wasn't are talking nonsense, you have a chance every time you step onto the pitch and it is up to you to take it.

It is not up to the club to dish out charity for a players benefit, possibly costing the side points in the process, while they wait and hope the player does them a favour and starts to produce something regularly.

'He wasn't given a run in the side' hogwash, you don't need a run in the side, if you do you probably aren't mentally good enough anyway, you should be totally ready from the training ground. It is there that you have to show the manager he should be picking you, then when he does you perform, that's what you are paid to do and paid a lot of money.

It may sound harsh but that is how you breed winners, how you breed a winning team, a winning club, a winning mentality. There are plenty of players who could learn from the attitudes of the youngsters we are bringing through at Tottenham.

Shape up or ship out, there are youngster coming through with the right mental attitude, an attitude for success.

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