Do Tottenham's transfer plans suggest a first-team role for DeAndre Yedlin?

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Tottenham Hotspur's expected transfer dealings suggest that DeAndre Yedlin is being lined up for an important role upon his arrival at White Hart Lane.

With Tottenham Hotspur reportedly lining up Eric Dier for a loan move in the January transfer window, it seems that DeAndre Yedlin will become first-reserve at White Hart Lane upon his arrival.

The American right-back was originally expected to join up with Spurs at the end of the season, but the Lilywhites have brought his transfer forward by six months and he will now start life at the London club at the beginning of the new year. 

The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects to ever come out of America, but he remains raw. 

Blessed with great pace, Yedlin is a natural athlete and can be a threat to opposition defences, yet he has never played outside the MLS and the jump in standard will be a tough one for him to adapt to. 

Mauricio Pochettino appears to have faith in him to do just that, though, with Yedlin likely to receive first-team football this season.

Although Kyle Walker will continue to be Pochettino's preference in the right-back berth, Yedlin's form while at Seattle Sounders appears to have convinced the Argentine that he can still perform a function as backup.

Dier has filled this role in the squad so far this campaign, but his first team chances look limited after the club apparently announced their desire to allow him to leave on a temporary basis. 

With the volume of matches that Spurs face in the new-year it is improbable that Walker will be able to play in every game, meaning that Yedlin could face the prospect of playing soon after arriving in England, if Dier's intended loan switch does occur.

If he does it will mark quite a rise for the youngster, but Spurs will be hoping that he proves Pochettino's faith in him correct by showing that he is ready for the step-up despite his inexperience. 

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