Why Pochettino will be delighted with Klinsmann's comments over American defender

Tottenham Hotspur legend Jurgen Klinsmann has said the USA setup will improve the fitness of DeAndre Yedlin and exploit his width.

Tottenham Hotspur legend Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed two details about DeAndre Yedlin to US Soccer, which will delight Spurs boss Mauricio Pochetinno.

The right-back is a key part of the American setup for the German coach, who has suggested that the USA national side can help him improve his fitness, while also detailing the advantage he provides in terms of width.

Yedlin was never going to jump straight into the Tottenham first team following a move from Seattle in the MLS because of the different timings between seasons on the USA and England.

He’s likely to be behind his Tottenham colleagues in terms of his fitness and Pochettino will be delighted if an imminent spell with the USA squad, preparing to face Chile, means he returns to White Hart Lane in better shape.

That gives Pochettino a fast-tracked option in terms of using the defender sooner than may otherwise have been the case.

Klinsmann has also said Yedlin is key for the width of the American team, which is also significant from a Tottenham point of view.

His pace down the right hand side will allow him to press forward and provide a wider option in midfield, while also meaning he can exploit space opposition sides leave behind when they come up against Spurs.

His ability to play wide also means Pochettino can narrow his midfield, which is a good tactic for Spurs to use when they combat sides that like to dominate possession.

In short, any American help in terms of improving his fitness means he can play much sooner in a Tottenham shirt.

That gives the Spurs boss a different option, while also keeping Kyle Walker on his toes and providing the experienced English option with the opportunity to rest of he needs it.

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