Why DeAndre Yedlin has singled out the wrong Spurs star to learn from

DeAndre Yedlin has admitted that he is learning from Kyle Walker at Tottenham Hotspur.

The US international has yet to appear for Spurs, but he told Kick TV that he has been learning from Kyle Walker - Spurs’ first-choice right back.

This decision seemingly makes sense, as Yedlin is a pacy full-back with an attacking style. But it could harm the youngster’s career more than help it, as Yedlin needs to overcome the deficiencies in his game - the same deficiencies Walker has shown in his career.

Yedlin does not need to learn from a player with the same strengths as him, but a player who will allow him to grow as a more rounded defender. He has shown a lack of defensive concentration, and bad positioning, and they are the areas that he should be looking to improve.

  Total TackleInterceptionOutfielder BlockTotal ClearanceDuel WonAerial WonError Lead To ShotAppearancesMins Played
Kyle Walker 37 32 3 39 84 24 1 14 1,260
Federico Fazio 24 38 17 113 102 69 2 13 1,147

Currently, there are few Spurs defenders that possess these traits for Yedlin to learn from, but there is one Lilywhite who could be a surprising, but perfect, mentor.

Federico Fazio has both a good footballing brain, a very good understanding of his position, and has a wealth of experience. He may play in a different position to Yedlin - being a central defender rather than right-sided - and be out of the first-team almost permanently now, but Fazio is the perfect mentor to teach defensive ability to the US star.

Defending has been one of the big Tottenham weak points this season, and raising another full-back in the style of the much-criticised Walker will do little to ease those problems.

The club need to ensure that they have a long-term, solid defensive unit to become a success, and having Yedlin trained in the correct way will prove vital in guaranteeing such a squad.

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