One in, but how many out?
No news on Guy Luzon’s work permit, but there was a new player at Sparrows Lane today.
Milos Veljkovic signed on loan until the end of the season from Tottenham.
A 19-year old defensive midfielder, who can also play at centre-half, Veljkovic was on loan at Middlesbrough and although he only made 4 appearances Boro manager, Aitor Karanka, who can spot a young talent, was very complimentary.
Arsenal’s Francis Colequin was never replaced, so Veljkovic should fill that void, although some think the Serbian may well replace an unsettled Tal Ben Haim.
It is disconcerting that anyone would hire a manager knowing that he doesn’t get on with at least three of the existing players, two of whom have played a combination of 49 games for us this season and whilst the addition of an unexperienced 19-year old is welcome, his arrival is only constructive if Luzon is able to have a handful of additional players to pick from before the transfer window expires.
On the contrary though, as most of the talk is of players leaving. Not only Ben Haim, but Frederic Bulot, in Equatorial Guinea currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty, and George Țucudean.
Țucudean has been a misfit since he arrived, and although I see a player in there somewhere, the jury is out, a lot out to be fair, that he can either do it at this level or can be bothered.
Steaua Bucharest plan to sign the Romanian, who was on loan at Steaua’s rivals Dinamo from Standard when we inherited him. The Romanian league leaders then plan to make it a permanent transfer in the summer.