Tottenham's young American defender DeAndre Yedlin gives honest assessment of his progress

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The Tottenham Hotspur right-back still has a lot of work to do.

Tottenham Hotspur right-back DeAndre Yedlin has been speaking to the London Evening Standard about how things have not gone quite according to plan since his move to White Hart Lane.

The USA international moved to Tottenham from Seattle Sounders, but despite impressing for his country at the 2014 World Cup and making a total of 69 appearances for the MLS side he is yet to have any impact in North London, making just one cameo appearance from the bench to date.

Since then the 22-year-old has moved on loan to Sunderland where he is starting to find his feet in the English top flight, appearing six times and providing one assist in the process.

However, after enjoying a wonderful start to his professional career, Yedlin has admitted that he had to reassess when he failed to make an immediate impact at Tottenham.

“From when I started with Seattle all the way through the World Cup, everything had gone pretty smoothly,” Yedlin told the Standard. “Then there was this roadblock. I’d never experienced that before.

“So it was time I really had to learn about myself and figure out how to get through it.”

Yedlin is still very young and it was always going to take him time to settle in his new surroundings, so to write him off now would be foolish.

He has shown glimpses at Sunderland that he could be a fine attacking option down the right flank but his defensive work still needs imporiving; something Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will most likely have noted soon after Yedlin’s arrival.

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