DeAndre Yedlin in the dark over Tottenham future

DeAndre Yedlin Jermaine Jones

The US international defender has made 22 total appearance on loan at Sunderland this season.

DeAndre Yedlin has admitted to MLSSoccer.com that he does not know what the future holds for him back at Tottenham Hotspur as his loan spell with Sunderland nears its end.

Yedlin, 22, signed for Tottenham from the Seattle Sounders in August 2014 after impressing during the US national team’s World Cup campaign but he remained with his hometown club for the rest of the MLS season as part of the agreement, helping them win the US Open Cup and their first-ever Supporters’ Shield title in the process.

The pacey right-back eventually made the move across the Atlantic in January 2015 but ended up making just one 12-minute substitute appearances during his first eight months at White Hart Lane before joining Sunderland in September on a season-long loan.

He has since become a key player for the Black Cats as they battle against relegation, racking up 10 straight Premier League starts over the last three months, and has also answered doubts about his defensive capabilities with some strong performances at the back during the run-in.

The 31-times capped US international seems to have proved at this stage that he has the talent to be a regular top-flight starter going forward, but whether he will get the chance to continue his development with Spurs remains to be seen.

With Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier currently ahead of him in the right-back pecking order, playing time could well be hard to come by back in west London next term, and the former two-time MLS All-Star is yet to hear back from the club about their plans for him.

With a contract through 2018, he still believes that he should figure into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans, but he also understands that things could change over the summer.

"It has to be in the back of your mind a little bit, but right now my focus is on helping Sunderland stay up and this fight," Yedlin told MLSsoccer.com. "There's time to do that after the season. I'll weigh out the options, see where they're at and come to decision at what's best for me."

While it would not be the ideal scenario, one option for Spurs next season could be to use Yedlin as an attacking option off the bench like the US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has in the past.

Despite spending the entirety of his club career at right-back, the former University of Akron star was a winger when he first arrived at college and has earned the bulk of his international caps in midfield – including at the 2014 World Cup, when he first came to Tottenham’s attention.

At the same time, though, the Seattle native has not quite been able to have the same kind of influence on a game further up the pitch without as much space in front of him, and aside from the odd flash of brilliance, his recent US performances at the position have flattered to deceive for the most part.

Having noticeably improved as a defender at Sunderland, his long-term future should certainly be on the backline, but the chances of him earning regular minutes there at Spurs next season look slim to none while Walker and Trippier are still around.

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