Why Pochettino is right to be patient with DeAndre Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin has yet to play for Tottenham - but it's the right tactic for Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham coach Mark Collins confirmed on Tuesday that the club are taking their time over right back DeAndre Yedlin after his January arrival.

Yedlin, 21, was one of the emerging prospects from the 2014 World Cup, impressing in the United States' last 16 clash against Belgium.

That display led to Tottenham signing him from MLS side Seattle Sounders, but Spurs agreed to loan him until the summer of 2015 in order to continue his development in America.

However, with a host of youngsters such as Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane impressing under Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs chose to recall him in January.

The recent addition is something of an exciting one based on his World Cup performance, and fans are eager to see him in action at White Hart Lane.

Yet so far, Yedlin has yet to make an appearance for Tottenham since arriving in January - and despite the excitement from supporters, Pochettino is doing the right thing.

Yedlin is athletically gifted with blazing speed, and whilst he possesses a threat going forward, he needs a lot of development defensively.

Additionally, we've seen a number of players come over from MLS football and struggle to adjust to the Premier League, such as Eddie Johnson and Jozy Altidore.

Spurs will be looking to ease Yedlin into English football gradually in a bid to not only develop weaknesses in his game, but also help avoid him becoming a Premier League flop like Altidore or Johnson.

Whilst fans are desperate to see even more young talent coming through to complement Bentaleb, Mason and Kane, Spurs are right to play the waiting game with Yedlin until he's absolutely ready for Premier League football - which may be next season at the earliest.

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