Jurgen Klinsmann discusses DeAndre Yedlin's lack of Tottenham action

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The US national team head coach remains unconcerned about the right-back's seeming disappearance at White Hart Lane.

US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has assured Goal.com that he is not worried about DeAndre Yedlin’s lack of action since joining Tottenham Hotspur.

Yedlin, 21, made his much-anticipated move to Tottenham from the Seattle Sounders in January, after a £2.5 million deal was agreed in August, but he is still to play for the first-team and has made just one 60-minute run out for the Under-21s.

The promising right-back was allowed to join up with the US team for their winter training camp as a result, featuring in friendlies against Chile and Panama, but his performances in both matches came in for some criticism among fans and the media.

In addition, the 12-times capped defender also picked up an MCL sprain in the 2-0 win over Panama, which has further hampered his start to life at White Hart Lane, and it was not until this week that he was able to resume first-team training.

His seeming disappearance has caused some alarm among both Tottenham and US fans, who are starting to question whether he might have jumped across the Atlantic too soon, but Klinsmann himself doesn’t share their sentiments.

While the former Spurs striker admits that Yedlin does need game time, he believes that the Seattle-native is still in a good place for his development and stresses that giving him time to adapt to his new surroundings is the best approach for the club to take.

“Now DeAndre gets an introduction into a [Tottenham] roster of maybe 28-30 players, and only 18 can be considered for the weekend game. So he goes though that learning curve now,” Klinsmann said. “But his talent, his potential and his capabilities, he’s very important for the senior team already.

“He’s in the right spot because he needs to grow. He will grow eventually. Even if he’s not playing right now, he will grow. It's absolutely the right thing for him to do. It will take time.

“These years are learning years,” he added. “There are up and downs. There are difficulties. It will take time.”

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