Jurgen Klinsmann discusses DeAndre Yedlin's immediate future at Tottenham

DeAndre Yedlin

The USA boss stresses that it is vital the Spurs right-back sees regular first-team action this season.

US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has told US Soccer that DeAndre Yedlin needs regular first-team minutes this season and believes Tottenham Hotspur would be wise to loan him out.

Yedlin, 22, sealed a £2.5 million move to Tottenham from the Seattle Sounders last August after impressing at the World Cup in Brazil but the US international remained with his hometown club for the rest of the 2014 MLS campaign as part of the transfer agreement.

He later made the full-time switch across the Atlantic in the winter after helping the Sounders win their fourth US Open Cup title and first-ever Supporters’ Shield but found himself struggling to break into head coach Mauricio Pochettino’s plans over the second half of the Premier League season.

Limited to just one 11-minute substitute appearance, the promising right-back has since witnessed the highly-rated Kieran Tripper arrive at Spurs to compete with Kyle Walker for the starting job, leaving him in the dark over his immediate future.

Asked at last month’s MLS All-Star Game press conference about the club’s plans for Yedlin, Pochettino confirmed that a loan move was possible but also stressed that the Seattle-native would have a chance to earn a first-team spot.

“I think that DeAndre is very young,” said the Argentine. "He has a very good potential for the future. I think joining us in the middle of the season last season, he has an opportunity now to show his value and try to convince me to stay next season.

"And it’s like any other player. He has the same opportunity to show his quality and maybe — why not — stay on the squad for the next season to compete in the Premier League."

Nevertheless, Yedlin has not even made the bench for either of Tottenham’s first two games of the season and, with the summer transfer window now reaching its closing stages, a loan move is starting to look like the likeliest outcome.

Championship sides Derby County and Bolton Wanderers have already been named as potential destinations [h/t Daily Mail] and, given his long-term importance to the US, Klinsmann believes that could well be best option for his development.

“There are some rumours of DeAndre Yedlin possibly going on loan for a year to another good club where he’ll get playing time, which is very important for him and for us that he’s playing week in and week out,” said the former Spurs striker. “Maybe some other things will still happen because the deadline for the transfer window is August 31, so that will be interesting.”

Yedlin, who has 23 international caps to his name, has spent most of his time with the States on the wing but his starting opportunities have dried up over the past six months due to his lack of action at the club level.

The versatile speedster did start the team’s opening match at last month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup but a disappointing performance saw him forced to settle for a bench role for the rest of the tournament, as Klinsmann’s side slumped to a fourth-place finish – their worst-ever placing since 2000.

With this being a vital season in his development, the former MLS hotshot cannot afford to spend more time on the sidelines and, with first-team opportunities at White Hart Lane proving few and far between, it would be no surprise if a short-term move materialised in the coming weeks.

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