The 22-year-old right-back has been linked with a loan move for the 2015-16 season after barely featuring for Spurs over the second half of last term.
Speaking at the MLS All-Star Game press conference, Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has stressed that DeAndre Yedlin will have to prove his value over the rest of pre-season in order to secure a place in the first-team for the coming campaign.
Yedlin, 22, landed a £2.5 million move to Tottenham from the Seattle Sounders last August on the back of his impressive World Cup showing but remained with his hometown club for the rest of the 2014 MLS season as part of the agreement between the two teams.
The US international later made the switch across the Atlantic in the winter after helping the Sounders win their fourth US Open Cup title and first-ever Supporters’ Shield but would go on to earn just a 12-minute cameo for Pochettino’s side over the second half of the campaign.
With the highly-rated Kieran Tripper since arriving from Burnley to compete with Kyle Walker for the starting right-back spot, the Seattle-native now finds himself facing questions over his immediate future at White Hart Lane and linked with a possible loan move.
The likes of Derby County, Bolton Wanderers and Premier League new boys Norwich City have all been named as potential suitors of late [h/t Daily Mail] but, having just linked up with the Spurs squad following the completion of the USA’s Gold Cup campaign, Pochettino wants to give the two-time MLS All-Star a chance to prove his top-flight credentials first.
Speaking in Denver ahead of facing the best of MLS tomorrow night, the Argentine said: “DeAndre is very young and has very good potential for the future. He joined us in the middle of last season and has an opportunity now to show his value and to convince me to keep him here next season.
“It’s like any other player. He has the same opportunity to show why he should stay on the squad for next season to compete in the Premier League.”
Yedlin had been looking to use his Gold Cup summer to push himself into Pochettino’s plans for the season but the 23-times capped defender instead endured a somewhat miserable tournament.
While he started the opening win over Group A rivals Honduras, a lacklustre performance saw him forced to settle for four appearances off the bench over the remaining five matches, as Jurgen Klinsmann’s side finished outside of the top four for the first time since 2000.
Earning all his minutes on the right-hand side of midfield, the versatile speedster did show some brief glimpses of promise, including when he set up former Sounders teammate and ex-Spurs forward Clint Dempsey’s goal in the third-place match against Panama, but it was certainly not the campaign he had hoped for overall.
As a former winger in college, taking up a more advanced role in Pochettino’s side like he occupies for the US could be an option moving forward but, unless he wows with a stellar preseason, it seems far likelier that he will be spending the 2015-16 season elsewhere to get regular minutes.