DeAndre Yedlin has revealed that his fitness is the reason behind his lack of chances at Spurs so far, but he is staying positive and looking forward to playing for the US Men’s National Team this week.
Yedlin completed his switch from the Seattle Sounders to the Premier League with Spurs at the start of January, but has only played 60 minutes for the Tottenham under-21’s to this point.
The 21-year-old right-back was a late call up to Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man training camp for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Panama, but he is relishing the chance to get some minutes under his belt.
“I think at the time with Spurs I’m obviously just training and not getting a ton of games because I still need to get my fitness up,” Yedlin told USsoccer.com.
“But I think it allowed me to get time with the National Team, which is always good, and hopefully get some games in. Game fitness is obviously the most important thing, so I think they saw a positive in it, I saw positive in it, and this will work out for everyone.”
Yedlin will face huge competition for places under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs and will have to dislodge Kyle Walker to become the club’s first-choice right-back in the world’s most exciting league.
But that is not something Yedlin is worrying about just yet and the young USMNT star is looking ahead to another successful year with Jurgen Klinsmann and the National Team.
“It’s been great. I have just been introduced to the club, to the fans and had a chance to experience the incredible atmosphere at home games,” Yedlin said about his new situation at Spurs.
“It’s really just right now working on getting that preseason rust off, then hopefully getting into form to where I can play. In the meantime, I’m thrilled to back in with the National Team. We have a huge year coming up, and I want to be a part of it as much as possible.”
Yedlin will expect to add to his ten international caps against Chile on Wednesday night but his long-term focus is to become a first-team star in north London with Tottenham Hotspur.
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