Tottenham Hotspur under-21 boss Ugo Ehiogu explained to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT why DeAndre Yedlin has struggled to force his way into the Tottenham first team.
The American defender linked up with Spurs following a winter switch from the Seattle Sounders, but he’s been unable to force his way into the first team under Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham took on Chelsea in the under-21 Premier League earlier this week, with Yedlin featuring during the match.
“He did yes (feature during the game), he’s very good defensively and he’s still adjusting and getting game time. He’s had a bit of a stop-start period because of injuries,” said Ehiogu.
It will be interesting to see whether first team boss Mauricio Pochettino calls on the young American to feature this weekend because of the injury Kyle Walker is currently suffering.
Walker suffered severe bruising during the game against Burnley, which leaves Pochettino with a potential problem at right-back for the match against Aston Villa.
Yedlin is the natural replacement for Walker, but Ehiogu clearly feels that he needs a little more time before he’s subjected to the pressure of playing in front of a passionate White Hart Lane crowd.
The alternative is for Eric Dier to move into the right-back slot where he does have experience, with another option moving into the middle of the team’s defence.