American defender DeAndre Yedlin has been granted a work permit, which paves the way for him to complete a move to Tottenham Hotspur this January.
Yedlin is rated as one of the most exciting defenders in American football at the moment and he’ll be determined to make an instant impression in North London under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
However, the Argentine needs to take a sensible and logical approach to the way he uses Yedlin following his move to the capital.
The temptation will be to throw him into the team.
He’s a player that will be unfamiliar to Premier League attacks and Pochettino will likely want to use that to Tottenham’s advantage.
He’s got all of the attributes to be a very solid defender for the club but the Premier League is a different world altogether when compared to Major League Soccer.
Pochettino needs to judge when to use Yedlin effectively and when to withdraw him from the limelight because he’s unlikely to produce his very best form for the club as soon as he plays his first few minutes in a white short.
The boss will also be wary of how the club’s fans could perceive him, especially when he has no experience of the system Tottenham like to use or English football.
Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle commented earlier this season that Tottenham fans are extremely demanding and will let you know if you’re not pulling your weight as a player.
Yedlin has rightly been built up as an exciting and new defender coming to the club and the pressure could affect his game early on.
Pochettino does have experience of handling younger players at the very start of their careers and he needs to be careful of how he introduces Yedlin into the first team.
The boss also has to keep an eye on how Yedlin reacts to being, initially, behind a player like Kyle Walker in the pecking order.
Walker has only just returned to full fitness and when fit, is the club's number one right-back, making it difficult for Yedlin to get into the team.
He ticks all of the boxes; he’s good a good defensive technique, he’s quick and has the ability to counter attack.
However, his main challenge will be the way he’s pressured mentally from playing for Tottenham, which is likely to be greater than anything he’s experienced so far in his club career.