Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin explained in an exclusive interview for Bleacher Report that he's happy with the approach the club have taken with him since he joined the club from Seattle in the MLS.
Yedlin has also admitted that it crossed his mind to stay in the USA, but he feels it was necessary to challenge himself to become a better player.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has taken a careful approach in terms of nursing him into the team and that’s something that he seems to be happy with.
“Of course you want to just get in there and play. But I think in the long run, it is better that they have been patient with me - It’s good that I’ve been given a certain amount of time to adjust,” he said.
“I was very comfortable there (Seattle)—not comfortable in terms of it was too easy, but I was at home, I was with my family and friends. It was a great life. I was home.”
“But I think, for me, when I get too comfortable with the lifestyle and everything, I feel that my performances, my focus can go down. I wanted to really challenge myself, and now I’m here. I’m living by myself, [and] I have to make new friends.”
Yedlin is facing a massive challenge to try and force his way into Mauricio Pochettino’s thinking, because the Argentine already has good and more experienced options at right-back.
Kyle Walker is currently first choice, with Eric Dier possessing the ability to play down the right hand side of defence.
It’s been difficult for him to show what he can do because he’s not had much game time, but with a full pre-season under his belt, he can certainly become a fixture of the team next season.
His pace and his raw enthusiasm are two of his best qualities and if he can keep the current right-back options on their toes and help them improve as a result, it’s one position where the future looks good for the club.