Is he or isn’t he joining us (by the time you read this it might be all academic)? I am talking about DeAndre Yedlin. According to some papers the next player to take the football world by storm; well, at least the Americans think that. He is 21 and an American football International, or soccer international; using the American lingo. It was George Bernard Shaw who said England and America are two countries separated by a common language. Anyway, we are side-tracking here. Besides being an International he also plays for Seattle Sounders FC in the Major League Soccer.
He is a defender; do we need another defender? There are a few current Spurs defenders who need to be off loaded: Dawson, Younes Kaboul (probably), Vlad Chiriches (probably), Kyle Naughton (probably) and Benoît Assou-Ekotto (probably). If they leave it will leave Spurs with 6 defenders. Of course any team that wishes to challenge for top honours in the Premier League needs plenty of cover. So Yedlin could be that ideal cover (if he lives up to his hype). He has scored two goals in his career. Of course former Spurs keeper Kasey Keller has warned him against moving to Spurs as he is too young. “Without playing he can’t develop” he said of Yedlin’s possible move to White Hart Lane; that maybe true – to a point – but if you have confidence within yourself you’ll fight for your place. A player’s life span – in football – is approximately 15 years. Yedlin is 21 so should be making an impression with a big club. Keller was 23 when he ventured to another country to play for Millwall. In football terms not that much difference (even though Keller was a goalkeeper and Yedlin is a defender). Maybe Keller has other motives; like patriotism? If that was so then pot, kettle and black spring to mind; I can hear some of you shouting that their soccer was in its infancy when he left, while now it is advanced a bit more (not that much more; but more nevertheless). All players can progress if they leave their mothers breasts and wander out into the world. It is called experience. What I’ve seen of him he seems impressive. A possible one for the future, wherever he goes. According to the papers it is only a matter of days before he joins us. Just a few ticks here and there and Bob’s your uncle and Yedlin is our young defender fighting for a place in our history.
As I said at the beginning; is he or isn’t he? All part of the hullabaloo of the transfer window. Papers and speculators throw names into the ring, we, the observing public (hopers) watch in amazement as our optimisms are inflated and then pricked and then something completely different comes along to amaze us; or even deflate us. At the moment the American is the name we are all talking about (if not us, then at least the papers are). Whatever will be will be; so long as Levy and Mauricio Pochettino get it right we’ll be happy little cockerels. Things didn’t go so right last season, however, Pochettino has said that he is confident with the men he has inherited; and I did say in a previous article that you can’t expect to embed 7 new players within a season and expect miracles. Now the new/ old players have had a season to adapt who knows what this season will bring; plenty I hope! So bring on Yedlin, and if not him, whomever our manager deems fit for purpose (purchase), and let us rumble in the jungle with the other animals fighting for the sparse trinkets’ that is spattered around the English/ European football season (i.e. League title, Cup, FA Cup or/ and Europa/ European championship).
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