DeAndre Yedlin has yet to make a first-team appearance with Tottenham since officially joining the club at the start of January but Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he is still very much part of the club’s plans going forward.
Yedlin quite literally burst onto the scene with the US Men’s National Team at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil as he made three appearances and those displays prompted Spurs to splash out £2.5 million for his services.
At just 21, the former Seattle Sounders right-back has a long time to improve his game, and Pochettino has revealed that it will take time to ensure he is ready for action with Tottenham when he eventually makes his debut.
“DeAndre only recently arrived in London, and like all young players needs to go through an adaption period, where he gets to know a new way and new culture,” the head coach told FutbolMLS.com.
“We have to work this transition carefully and slowly, giving him the necessary time to be able to acclimate on and off the field. Then, he will be able to show off his qualities.
“But it’s obvious that if he’s here, it’s because we expect much from him.”
Yedlin was named as US Soccer’s Young Athlete of the Year for 2014 and is a player blessed with pace and stamina, something that will serve him well under Pochettino’s system at Spurs.
He still has some faults in his game, especially when defending one-on-one at the back, but Spurs recognise the enormous potential that Yedlin possesses and he shouldn’t have to wait too long for his debut.
“We knew he was a player with lots of potential, who’s already done some interesting things in MLS and has additionally played in the last World Cup,” Pochettino said. “That’s why we decided to bring him over sooner, and to begin working with him little by little.”
When will DeAndre Yedlin make his debut with Spurs? Should he be in the first-team now?