Tottenham fans debate what the club should do with DeAndre Yedlin next season

DeAndre Yedlin Jermaine Jones

A midfield role or loan move have both been mooted for the American right-back.

After a slow start to his Premier League career, Tottenham Hotspur’s DeAndre Yedlin looks primed to make his case for a bigger role at White Hart Lane next season while with the US national team this summer.

The former Seattle Sounders right-back earned just an 11-minute cameo during his first six months at the club following his winter move, as the Spurs coaching staff opted against throwing him in at the deep end, but an impressive Gold Cup campaign could give manager Mauricio Pochettino some food for thought ahead of pre-season.

Speaking to MLSsoccer.com last week, though, the 16-times capped defender admitted that he is unsure whether he will begin the 2015-16 campaign with Tottenham or out on loan, telling the website: "We're still talking about what might happen but, right now, I'm just focused on Gold Cup, and then I will focus on Spurs."

In addition, Yedlin also touched on the debate over his best position, having made a game-changing midfield cameo in the USA’s dramatic 4-3 comeback win over the Netherlands, when he assisted John Brooks’ 70th-minute goal and burned the opposition defence on several occasions with his blazing pace.

Despite spending his entire Sounders career at right-back, the Seattle-native has often been used on the wing with the States and stressed that he feels comfortable in either role.

“I think a lot of that really depends on who I'm playing with, who's around me," he added. "I think the best position is the one you're willing to play."

HITC covered those comments, as well as his remarks about a possible loan, at the time in a previous article on Yedlin's future, when we suggested that an initial switch to the wing could help get the versatile speedster’s Spurs career up and running in the short-term.

As one might expect, both sets of quotes sparked somewhat of a debate among fans over how the club should handle the former MLS star's development going into next season, with some of their thoughts below.


Dommo wrote: "I hope he doesn't go out on loan. From what I have seen he looks a decent player and with Kyle Walker's injury problems we need strength and depth in the squad. With his pace he will scare the opposition and he suits the system of play MP wants Spurs to play."


Marcus Higgins wrote: "Play him in the EL group stages and see how he gets on. If his defensive abilities are suspect then move him to attacking right wing which seems to suit him best, we may have a good attacking rather than defensive option on our hands, remember where Bale started?"


Yonela Poswa wrote: "I agree with you but I think he should start straight away in the right wing role. He can put in some amazing crosses for Kane and also can chase any balls supplied to him. Also we have Fredricks who is an up and coming RB who seems to have been forgotten. Id start him int el games also so Yedlin wouldn't be needed at RB."


daenug wrote: "The problem with starting Yedlin on the right wing in Poch's system, is that then he would not be putting in the right- sided crosses you hope he do (and that he is quite talented at doing). Poch's system calls for the fullbacks to provide the width in attack. The left and right attacking mids cut in while the fullbacks overlap and provide the crosses.

"So one of his best assets would be greatly minimized by playing him on the wing."


Yonela Poswa wrote: "Yes this is true but there are games when Poches system can't be deployed as our rb can not provide width as we are facing tough opposition and they need to stay back. This then gives us no width and end up congesting the midfield. Plus Potch needs to add more varience to his setup as teams can easily figure us out and setup accordingly."


Steve wrote: "He shouldn't be loaned out, he should be in the squad, even if he's only used as a utility player at the start of the season, in USA's game against the Dutch, you can see how he can change a game with his pace on a team that is already tired. He would be a major asset on the bench or as a starter. I think Spurs should run with him next season, why let a champions league side get the best of him before we do? Sure, he's not the finished article yet, but neither was Bale when Harry moved him onto the wing, but look how quickly he improved. We struggled so many times last season to break down difficult defences with everyone behind the ball, Yedlin could just be the option we need that could open a stubborn defence."

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