Should Yedlin be a starter?

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Yedlin once again dazzled on international duty with the USA, which further makes puzzling the rumours that he could be shipped out on loan. Injuries have gravely impacted Kyle Walker who has been out of sorts for such a long time now that he cannot be relied upon. Trippier and Yedlin are two right backs that should fiercely compete for that starting berth.

Yedlin is somebody we have seen very little of in Tottenham colours and at this point we are obliged to accept Pochettino has seen more of him in training than we have. It’s obscure to gauge just how much Pochettino has faith in the USA international but the fact he rarely featured towards the end of last season, leads us to conclude that the gaffer does not think he is quite ready for the demanding rigours of the EPL. This again coupled with the loan rumours adds weigeht to the notion that Yedlin may not be considered ‘ready’ by the Spurs management. Yet, for the USA Yedlin has often performed to a very high standard and was one of their best players in the World Cup last year. Surely a player who consistently performs on the international scene and with solid World Cup experience under his belt deserves to be given the opportunity to show what he is made of in the EPL? We could be missing a trick here.

Yedlins frightening speed would send chills down the spines of defenders across the league. His attacking forays often open up opposition and he fits in perfectly with the philosophy of a modern day right back. The mouth watering prospect about the youngster, is the temptation to run the Gareth Bale experiment on him and convert him into an out and out winger. With his attributes and the right management there is no reason to suggest that cannot happen. What remains to be seen is how badly he wants to continue to learn, graft and develop as a player, for he is far from the finished article. We have seen many hot prospects lose their motivation to succeed too soon. But so far, Yedlin represents all that is good with Spurs and the rich investment of talent we have in up and coming stars. Not all of them will turn out to be a Ledley King, Gareth Bale or even a Harry Kane. That’s a reality we can accept as long as they don’t ‘develop’ into players like Anthony Gardner or Dean Austin!

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  1. He would be perfect as the right mid, to early for right back, but certainly an upgrade on the dross that is; lamela.townsend etc. Offers great pace(which we lack big time) and his delivery is pretty good.

  2. IF THE LAD SHOWS WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN TRAINING MP WILL KNOW IF HE STARTS OR NOT , I WOULD LOVE HIM TO BE IN THE SIDE AT RIGHT MIDFIELD THE OLD RIGHT HALF POSITION AND TRIPPIER AT RIGHT FULL BACK , LLORIS TRIPPIER DIER TOBY ROSE YEDLIN ERIKSEN VERTONGHEN KANE HERNENDEZ CHALDI .

  3. well townsend is kind of passable as an international in a silly sort of fashion ! but he,s a complete dollop whenever he steps on to the premier league pitch !

  4. Yes,otherwise why did we buy him.
    If he is good enough, and apparantly very good, for a fast improving USA internetional eleven then he must at least be given a first team chance, probably on the wing.

    • I've watched a few of his international efforts for the US with an eye for why he hasn't cracked the Spurs XI. He's a raw winger with huge upside potential. The problem is with his defensive positioning and marking. He frequently finds himself in the wrong position as a play develops and loses his mark while ball watching. On top of that, he has the forwards' mentality that compels him to make a move for the ball while 1v1 on defense (a la Lamela and Chiriches). On D you wait for your defensive opening, you don't create it with a reckless stab for the ball. I say loan him so he gets playing time and discipline on D. His assist rate and pace down the wing earn him high ratings – but in the Prem I think he'd be eaten alive by a well-drilled offense.

  5. Yes, at right forward / midfield. Let's look at this a different way. Who have we got that is better – not as a defender but as a right winger?

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