During the 2014 season, Tottenham Hotspur right back Deandre Yedlin experienced a break out year which none could have predicted. He established himself as one of the best right backs in MLS, took the football world by storm with several starring performances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and earned a career changing transfer to Spurs.
However, since moving to the London side in January Yedlin has yet to feature for the senior Spurs squad. He has made several appearances for the U-21 squad in the Barclays Youth League, but American fans have been expressing nervousness that Yedlin may become yet another talented young American player who cannot make an impact in Europe.
Recently, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke to FutbolMLS.com about Yedlin, saying: "DeAndre only recently arrived in London, and like all young players needs to go through an adaption period, where he gets to know a new way and new culture. We have to work this transition carefully and slowly, giving him the necessary time to be able to acclimate on and off the field. Then, he will be able to show off his qualities."
While yet to play first team minutes with Spurs, Yedlin recently returned to the United States for the USMNT's friendlies with Chile and Panama. The right back started both matches but went off injured last Sunday against Panama. He seemed to lack match fitness, and it is still unclear when he will play at Tottenham. However, Pochettino did confirm he in their plans for the future.
"We knew he was a player with lots of potential, who's already done some interesting things in MLS and has additionally played in the last World Cup," said Pochettino. "That's why we decided to bring him over sooner, and to begin working with him little by little."