DeAndre Yedlin tackles questions over his immediate Tottenham future

DeAndre Yedlin

The 22-year-old defender has been linked with a loan move to the likes of Derby and Bolton this summer.

Amid rumours of a potential loan move, Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin has admitted that he is still in the dark about the club’s plans for him for the coming campaign.

Yedlin, 22, was speaking to SBISoccer.com ahead of tonight’s MLS All-Star Game, having linked up with the Tottenham squad in Denver, Colorado, following the completion of the USA’s Gold Cup campaign.

The US international was limited to one 11-minute cameo over the second half of last season after completing his pre-arranged move from the Seattle Sounders and, with the highly-rated Kieran Tripper since arriving to compete with Kyle Walker for the starting right-back spot, his first-team chances for the 2015-16 season look just as grim.

A loan switch has recently been mooted as a result, with Championship pair Derby County and Bolton Wanderers named as two potential suitors [h/t Daily Mail], but the Seattle-native stresses that he remains none the wiser about what the immediate future holds for him.

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

Continuing on his struggles to break into Pochettino’s plans, he added: “It’s tough. With Seattle, I had to prove my spot as well. That was no different. This process has taken a little bit longer, and I expect to battle. It’s another level up. I’m working hard every day and just trying to improve.”

Pochettino himself also touched on his plans for Yedlin during the All-Star Game press conference, noting that the former MLS hotshot would be given a chance to prove his Premier League credentials over the coming weeks.

“DeAndre is very young and has very good potential for the future," the Argentine told the press. "He joined us in the middle of last season and has an opportunity now to show his value and to convince me to stay 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 hoping to use the summer’s Gold Cup to help boost his first-team chances at Tottenham but the 23-times capped defender instead endured a lacklustre tournament, as Jurgen Klinsmann’s side failed to finish in the top three for the first time since 2000.

Making one start and four substitute appearances on the right-hand side of midfield, the versatile speedster did provide some clear glimpses of potential – delivering the assist for Clint Dempsey’s goal in the third-place match against Panama – but he largely frustrated otherwise with his defensive deficiencies and questionable decision-making.

Having spent most of his time on the wing for the States of late, it has been suggested that Pochettino could use him in a more advanced role to help his chances of earning senior minutes this term but, unless he wows over the rest of pre-season, a short-term spell elsewhere would seem like the best option for his development.

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