Tottenham's reported transfer plans could be bad news for DeAndre Yedlin

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The 21-year-old is a player for the future. But what about the now?

If DeAndre Yedlin happens to be a man who likes to read the morning papers, the Tottenham Hotspur full-back may have expressed some concern on Wednesday.

Maybe not - but the Daily Mirror's suggestion that the north London side are looking to sign Micah Richards to provide competition for current right-back Kyle Walker isn't the best of signs.

Wasn't that exactly what Yedlin was brought to Tottenham to do?

Yes, the 21-year-old is young and wasn't fit enough (if that's the reason?) to challenge Walker this season. But next season is surely the time to at least provide competition - neither player nor club can wait forever.

Intriguingly, the report mentions Richards after suggesting boss Mauricio Pochettino will now have full control over transfers - raising the issue of whether Yedlin, barely played by the Argentine, was wanted by the Spurs boss at all.

Perhaps it is just an oversight in the report, of course, as Yedlin isn't mentioned at all. But, if there is truth in the transfer news, it suggests the American isn't seen as much of an option. Even youngster Kyle Walker-Peters is mentioned.

If Tottenham are looking elsewhere, is it a bad sign for Yedlin - has he not made enough of an impression in training? A loan move away could be a good option if so, as he could still prove a man for the future at White Hart Lane.

It all depends on his goals, of course. If he is happy enough to bide his time in terms of his Spurs career, so be it. If Richards - or any other right-back - joins, however, Yedlin will no doubt fall down the pecking order. Let's not forget Eric Dier is proving capable in that position, too.

Tottenham do need a right-back this summer - and even more so a central defender. But forgetting Yedlin in the short term isn't going to help him in the long-term, either. Perhaps most worrying is the fact most fans would prefer to see Walker out of the team right now such is his form. And yet the Mirror's report suggests the north London side want Richards and Walker to be the two main stars down the right.

Unless, that is, Pochettino is considering the 21-year-old as an alternative down the right wing instead of right-back...?

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