Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin explained in an exclusive interview for Bleacher Report that he’s surprised by the way Kyle Walker dealt with him when he joined the club.
Yedlin has admitted that Walker is the last person he expected to develop a friendship with at the club, because the pair are in direct competition for the right-back role following the American’s move from Seattle.
“It’s pretty cool how he’s taken to me because if there was one player I thought might not want to have much to do with me when I arrived, I thought it would be him,” said Yedlin.
“But he’s been absolutely unbelievable—he’s probably my best friend on the team actually. He’s a guy you can tell really cares. He wants me to be around, and he wants me to keep improving so we can keep pushing each other.”
Walker is one of the more experienced players in Tottenham’s squad and someone who knows the physical demands and the pressure involved in the Premier League well.
Yedlin has plenty of talent, but he’s still a very raw player and it’s important Walker helps him to refine his game on the training pitch so it pushes him and helps him to become a better player.
At the moment Walker is in possession of the right-back role, but Yedlin’s pace and talent are factors which could see him get a chance at the start of next season, but the American has stressed the need for fans not to overlook the fitness and speed that Walker himself possesses.
“Honestly, I can’t tell unless we actually race—and that hasn’t happened - I’m sure sometime in the future it will come up.”
The challenge for the American over the rest of this season and heading into the summer is clear.