If Tottenham Hotspur's young American right-back left the club on loan next season there are plenty of clubs who would benefit from his arrival.
Tottenham Hotspur fans have not seen much of DeAndre Yedlin since he arrived at White Hart Lane.
The £2.5million signing from Seattle Sounders has featured just once in Tottenham’s first-team to date, and that was only for 11 minutes as a late substitute against Aston Villa.
That appearance aside, Yedlin has had to make to do with outings for Spurs’ under-21s and on their post-season tour of Malaysia and Australia and now the player has hinted that it has not yet been decided where he will be playing his football next season.
When asked in an interview with MLSSoccer.com if he may be heading out on loan or remaining at Tottenham next season, Yedlin said, “We’re still talking about what might happen. The (Spurs) coaches have been patient with me. I’ve taken my time because it’s a big transition.”
It certainly is, and at just 21 Yedlin has plenty of time to blossom into the player Tottenham and their fans hope they have signed. But if he does head out on loan next season, which is a possibility given the competition for places at White Hart Lane and the chance of more new defensive arrivals this summer, where could he go?
Here we take a look at three Premier League clubs who could benefit from Yedlin’s arrival:
West Ham United
West Ham had Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson on loan this season but with the 23-year-old heading back to the Gunners – at least for now – the Hammers could be on the lookout for a replacement.
The West Ham hierarchy will not want to continually solve a problem with temporary solutions and may be looking to sign a new right-back in a permanent deal, but if that does not happen Yedlin would be a fine option.
West Bromwich Albion
This season West Brom have benefitted from the presence of Andre Wisdom at right-back but the 22-year-old found himself out of favour in the second half of the campaign, replaced by Craig Dawson.
The latter is more commonly known as a centre-back but he impressed out wide under Baggies boss Tony Pulis; however it remains to be seen if he will remain in that position next season.
If West Brom want a more natural right-back or simply want to inject some electrifying pace into their side, Tottenham’s USA international could be perfect for them.
The left-field option no doubt, and it remains to be seen if Tottenham will do business – loan deals or otherwise – with a club competing with them for a top-four finish, but with Glen Johnson leaving Liverpool this summer the Reds need a replacement.
Yedlin would be a risk but his ability to play further forward means he could fit in to a number of potential systems and would be an effective wing-back at Anfield.
With Emre Can likely to be shifted into midfield next season, Yedlin could be a surprise option for Liverpool.