Tottenham's DeAndre Yedlin discusses a midfield role, the possibility of a loan move

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The emerging right-back is hoping to hit the ground running in pre-season following a Gold Cup summer with the US national team.

Tottenham Hotspur’s DeAndre Yedlin has told MLSSoccer.com that he is still not sure whether his ideal position is at right-back or in midfield.

Yedlin, 21, spent the entire duration of his two seasons with the Seattle Sounders in defence, making 62 MLS appearances and consecutive All-Star teams, but he in fact started out his college career at Akron as a winger before being pushed down the pitch.

In addition, the US international has also earned a chunk of his 16 caps for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side on the right-hand side of midfield, including in a game-changing cameo in Friday night’s dramatic 4-3 friendly win over the Netherlands.

Coming off the bench in the 57th-minute with the States 3-1 down, the versatile speedster made a huge impact with his pace on the flank, as he provided the assist for John Brooks’ 70th-minute goal and burned the Dutch defence on countless occasions before late strikes from Danny Williams and Bobby Wood earned Klinsmann’s men a shock victory.

It is no surprise then that, with his outstanding attacking speed but oft-criticised defensive work, some have suggested that Yedlin should be used as a winger going into next season with Tottenham, in order to both ease his transition to Premier League life and improve his first-team chances.

However, speaking in Amsterdam, the Seattle-native did not state a preference for either his more familiar position or an advanced role, telling the website: "I think a lot of that really depends on who I'm playing with, who's around me. I think the best position is the one you're willing to play.

"You do a lot of work on both sides of the ball, so it's really not a big difference for me."

In the meantime, while he remains focused on the summer’s Gold Cup, Yedlin has also reiterated his intentions to become more of a fixture in Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s plans moving forward after making just an 11-minute cameo during his first six months at the club.

The former MLS star does not know at the moment whether he will begin next term at White Hart Lane or out on loan but has praised the coaching staff for being patient with him since his winter arrival.

"We're still talking about what might happen," he added. “But right now, I'm just focused on Gold Cup, and then I will focus on Spurs.

"The [Tottenham] coaches have been patient with me. I've taken my time because it's a big transition. A lot more goes into it than people realize."

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