Christian Eriksen weighs in on Tottenham teammate DeAndre Yedlin's development

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Despite barely featuring for the club over the second half of last season, the 22-year-old defender has impressed his Danish teammate.

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen insists teammate DeAndre Yedlin has been making good progress in his bid to break into the first-team since arriving at the club.

Eriksen was speaking to SBISoccer.com ahead of tonight’s MLS All-Star Game in Denver, Colorado, which Yedlin looks set to feature in after linking up with the Spurs squad following the completion of the USA’s Gold Cup campaign.

The promising right-back secured a £2.5 million move to White Hart Lane from the Seattle Sounders last August after impressing at the World Cup in Brazil but remained with his hometown club for the rest of the 2014 MLS season as part of the transfer agreement.

He later made the switch across the Atlantic in the winter after helping Seattle win their fourth US Open Cup title and first-ever Supporters’ Shield but proceeded to struggle to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans over the second half of the 2014-15 campaign.

Limited to one 11-minute cameo, the US international has since seen Kieran Tripper arrive from Burnley in a £3.5 million deal to compete with incumbent Kyle Walker for the starting right-back job, leaving him in the dark about his status at the club.

Nevertheless, Eriksen stresses that Yedlin has been making a positive impression since arriving in east London and believes that he is heading in the right direction, telling SBISoccer.com: “He’s a really good lad, really nice guy to be around.

“Of course, he’s still young and he can still develop. Of course, he’s done really well, taken small steps, but he’s going in the right direction.”

Yedlin has recently been linked with a loan move for the 2015-16 season, with Derby County and Bolton Wanderers named as two potential suitors [h/t Daily Mail], but the two-time MLS All-Star himself is still unsure about where his immediate future lies.

“I’m not sure about the plan ahead for next season,” he told SBISoccer.com this week. “I’m still waiting on that, but right now, just focused on this game and the rest of preseason.”

Despite his lack of Spurs action, Yedlin has continued to be called up to the US national team throughout 2015 – seeing most of his time on the right-hand side of midfield – but he managed just one start and four substitute appearances at the Gold Cup, as Jurgen Klinsmann’s side finished outside of the tournament’s top three for the first time since 2000.

The 23-times capped defender’s disappointing campaign does not bode well for his Premier League prospects this term and, while Pochettino could use him in a more advanced role to help improve his chances of seeing minutes, a loan move might well be more beneficial for his development.

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