Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin explained in an interview for Bleacher Report his short term idea to become a better right-back.
The American agreed a deal to join Tottenham from Seattle last summer, but linked up with the club early last winter, as he looks to try and force his way above Kyle Walker in the pecking order.
He’s explained he sees the key for any right-back in the Premier League as positional play, which is something he says could ‘kill him’ if he doesn’t get things right.
“I’m really trying to work on my defensive positioning. I think, especially here, you can get killed if your positioning isn’t right, so I think that’s another really big part of my game that I need to work on,” he said.
“It’s good because I can watch a lot of games on TV now, so I can study other right-backs and learn from them.”
Fortunately for Yedlin, he’s got one of the most experienced right-backs in the division ahead of him in the form of Walker.
Walker is someone who will know all about the importance of positional play as well as striking the balance between attack and holding a defensive position in home and away games.
Yedlin has so far struggled to see much playing time because there hasn’t been much need for Mauricio Pochettino to step in and make a change to the line-up.
He’s most likely lacking a bit of sharpness and the general match fitness levels needed to make it through 90 minutes, with Eric Dier perfectly capable of playing on the right hand side of defence as cover.
What’s most encouraging about Yedlin is that he’s actively already looking for ways to become a better player even when he’s not starting games.
He could rest on his laurels and take his wages, but he’s got some ambition and a willingness to learn, that not all players possess.