Tottenham Hotspur signed Argentina striker Alejo Veliz at the start of the season.
The 20-year-old striker was highly rated in South America before his move to the Premier League club and he was on the radar of several teams.
Sevilla director Victor Orta has now revealed that the Spanish outfit have been keeping tabs on the talented young striker for a while and they have been trying to secure his services.
“Véliz is a striker that we have been trying to get for a while,” he said on the club’s official website. “We were competing against some of the biggest teams in Europe in the summer. When those players then go to one of the big clubs we continue to have them on our radar to see how they progress.
“In the final week of the transfer window, we learned that Véliz could be an option and that they would be able to recover from his injury within a week and we went for the signing.”
The striker eventually joined the Spanish club on loan during the January transfer window and he will continue his development with regular first-team football in La Liga.
Veliz is a tremendous prospect with a big future ahead of him, and he needs to play more often to fulfil his tremendous potential. Sitting on the bench at Tottenham would not have benefited him and the loan move should prove to be very useful for all parties.
Sevilla needed more quality and depth in their attack and the 20-year-old will be expected to add more cutting edge in the final third. Despite his tender age, the Argentine striker certainly has the technical attributes to thrive in the Spanish league and Tottenham will hope that he can return to the club as a better player in the summer.
It is no secret that the starting spot as the centre forward is up for grabs at Tottenham and Veliz will certainly look to force his way into the starting lineup next season.