DeAndre Yedlin grateful for Tottenham teammate's mentorship

DeAndre Yedlin Jermaine Jones

The 21-year-old US international has been been shadowing fellow right-back Kyle Walker since arriving at White Hart Lane.

While DeAndre Yedlin has been at Tottenham Hotspur for just a few months, the US international has told Kick TV how he’s struck up an instant rapport with fellow right-back Kyle Walker.

Yedlin, 21, landed a £2.5 million move to Tottenham in August on the back of his impressive World Cup cameos, but remained with the Seattle Sounders for the duration of the 2014 MLS season as part of the agreement between the two clubs.

After helping his hometown team win both the US Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield title, the promising speedster made the permanent move across the Atlantic this winter, although he is still feature for the first-team.

In addition, a knee sprain picked up in the USA’s 2-0 win over Panama last month has also restricted him to just two starts for the club’s Under-21s, causing some initial alarm over his seeming disappearance.

However, the 12-times capped defender stresses that he’s need the time to settle and, in the interim, is relishing the mentorship of positional rival Walker, who has become one of his closest friends since arriving at White Hart Lane.

“I think me and Kyle are very similar players,” said Yedlin. “I think a lot of people see that. It’s not only on the field stuff [he’s helped me with] but off the field as well, I try to pay even more attention to him.

“Stuff like what time he gets in in the morning, how late he stays after, what kind of stuff he eats, how often he’s in the gym, training habits – stuff like that.

“I’m not peppering him with questions, just observing it, and he’s probably been my closest friend at the club. He’s been excellent to me. I’m fortunate to be able to work with him.”

With Walker’s recent performances coming in for some criticism, fans will be hoping that Yedlin can push himself into first-team contention as soon as possible, in order to give his teammate some much-needed competition.

When the Seattle-native does make his long-awaited Premier League debut, too, there’s one striker he’s looking forward to facing in particular.

“Wayne Rooney I think,” he added. “He’s just a name that, even in America, everyone knows. It’ll be a great challenge.”

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