DeAndre Yedlin set to complete Spurs switch in January – report

Seattle Sounders right-back DeAndre Yedlin is expected to complete his awaited move to Tottenham Hotspur in January, as his EU passport should arrive in the next two weeks.

Yedlin will receive his Latvian passport in the next fortnight, according to a report in the Daily Mirror, which he qualifies for as his grandmother was Latvian and he should then be free to move to England in time for the new year.

The 21-year-old has had an incredible year for club and country as he shone at the World Cup with the USMNT and is chasing an MLS-record treble with the Sounders as they look to claim the MLS Cup in the next month.

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Spurs announced the capture of Yedlin in August but despite the lack of clarity as to when he would officially join up with Mauricio Pochettino‘s side, it now appears to be clear that he will make the move in January.

That will give the pacey fullback a short rest after the current MLS season but he will need to adapt to the Premier League quickly as his move will seemingly spell the end for Kyle Naughton at White Hart Lane.

Naughton has struggled to prove his quality to the Spurs faithful and although he is a solid option, Yedlin will be expected to replace him when he completes his move.

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First-choice right-back Kyle Walker has been out of action for a long time as he struggles to recover from a pelvic injury so Yedlin’s move is something Spurs need.

The USMNT star looks set for a bright future and Pochettino will look to continue his excellent track record of improving emerging stars of the game, but it may be best to give the youngster a few months to adapt.

Naughton can continue to do a job for Spurs until the end of the season, and Yedlin will only benefit from being eased into life in the Premier League for a few months, especially after such an intense season.

Will DeAndre Yedlin be a star for Tottenham Hotspur?


Do Spurs really need USMNT and Sounders star DeAndre Yedlin?

When DeAndre Yedlin signed for Tottenham in the summer there were eyebrows raised.

And he has recently revealed that he turned down an offer from Italian giants Roma to play in north London, so he must feel that it is the right choice.

But although Yedlin is a young talent with bags of potential, the Seattle Sounders star will be battling it out for a starting place with three young English talents in Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton and Eric Dier.

Dier has been operating in the right-back position this season, though he is a natural centre-back and would surely move more central when Yedlin arrives.

While Naughton has been linked with a move away from Spurs over the past few months, so Yedlin’s arrival at the club could spell the end for him, which would make things a bit easier for the 21-year-old.

Yedlin has been sensational this year and took high acclaim when he kept Eden Hazard quiet at the World Cup in the summer.

And although the Premier League would suit his highly energized playing style, he seems to be in the same mould as Kyle Walker.

So do Spurs really need him?

Well, using Walker’s stats from last season, as he is yet to feature this campaign, Yedlin is the better defensive option, and he is just as useful further forward.

Statistic DeAndre Yedlin Kyle Walker
Blocks per game 0.46 0.19
Interceptions per game 2.88 2.19
Clearances per game 3.58 3.27
Pass completion 83 % 82 %
Defensive errors per game 0.04 0.08

As seen in the table above, Yedlin would be the preferred choice in terms of defensive contribution, and with the two being like-for-like as it were, it seems that Yedlin should be first-choice.

However, dislodging Walker will take some doing, as he is a regular England international when fit, and a fan favourite at Spurs.

The stats do come from two different league’s, and Seattle’s dominance in MLS this season will have helped his statistics no end, but his talents are there for all to see and he looks set to take the Premier League by storm when he eventually completes his switch.

Should Yedlin arrive in January, it will certainly be interesting to see if Mauricio Pochettino will throw him straight into the mix, as Kyle Walker is nearing a return to fitness too.

Who would you like to see become Tottenham’s regular right-back?