DeAndre Yedlin still in the dark over immediate Tottenham future

DeAndre Yedlin Jermaine Jones

The 22-year-old US international has recently been linked with the likes of Bolton and Derby ahead of a possible loan move.

While Tottenham Hotspur’s DeAndre Yedlin is still not sure what the 2015-16 campaign holds for him, the defender is confident that he will be well-prepared thanks to the summer’s Gold Cup.

Yedlin was speaking to SBIsoccer.com ahead of the US national team’s narrow 1-0 group win over Haiti on Friday night in Foxborough, Massachusetts, when the 22-year-old was an unused substitute.

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann opted to make a number of changes to the side which beat Honduras 2-1 in last week’s tournament opener, with the former Seattle Sounders right-back once of seven starters who dropped to the bench.

However, with back-to-back victories sealing their place in the quarter-finals, he will have several more opportunities to impress on home soil as he gears up for a big season back in England.

Having completed his pre-arranged move from Seattle in the winter, the two-time MLS All-Star would go on to earn just an 11-minute cameo over the second half of last term and, with the highly-rated Kieran Tripper since brought in from relegated Burnley, is now facing questions over where his immediate club future lies.

A loan move has recently been mooted, with Bolton Wanderers, Derby County and Norwich City all named as potential suitors [h/t Daily Mail] but, whether he remains at White Hart Lane or not, the US intentional believes that tournament football will do his first-team chances the world of good.

“It’s huge,” Yedlin told SBISoccer.com. “It’s big for my confidence and it will be great to get in a flow before heading back to Tottenham or wherever I may be headed.”

The other burning issue surrounding Yedlin has been over whether his future lies at right-back or further up the pitch.

The Seattle-native spent the entire duration of his two MLS seasons in defence but, having begun his college career as a winger, has often been used in a more advanced role with the US, including during recent friendly wins over the Netherlands, Germany and Guatemala, as well as the Gold Cup opener against Honduras.

His performances have been impressive for the most part too, giving Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino some food for thought while the club ponder their plans for the versatile speedster.

Yedlin himself would also be more than comfortable making the switch to midfield with his club side, adding: “I’m pretty comfortable. There’s a lot I need to work on in that position, and I know that, but for the most part, I’m pretty comfortable.”

With his time at right-back expected to be limited, a move to the wing, even if just for the short-term, would seem a plausible option should a loan fail to materialise, although whether Pochettino sees him as a fit there remains to be seen.

Having used his blazing speed to star as a late-game weapon for the States in the past, it is not hard to envisage him thriving in a similar role back in north London – one which could well help ease his transition to Premier League football.

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