The pacy 21-year-old joined Spurs in January and is hoping to break into the first team, having yet to have made an appearance, but admits he is a similar option for manager Mauricio Pochettino to consider.
“I think Kyle and I are similar players — a lot of people say that. I pay attention to a lot of what he does, not only on the field but off it, too,” Yedlin told the London Evening Standard.
“What time he gets in to training, what time he leaves, what kind of stuff he eats, how long he is in the gym and what his training habits are.”Embed from Getty Images
Yedlin stated that Walker has helped him to settle into the club and the USMNT star is relishing every moment of his time with Spurs so far.
“He’s been my closest friend at the club. He’s been excellent and I’m fortunate to be able to work with him.”
Yedlin is having to be patient at Spurs and it has been reported that Pochettino hasn’t got plans to use him this season. But he certainly possesses the qualities to replicate Kyle Walker, as we saw at the World Cup in 2014, and we can expect him to be competing for a full-back role next campaign.
A loan move to another English club is a possibility to get Yedlin playing regular football as sitting out of action for long periods of time is not doing his development any favours.
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