By RYAN TOLMICH
DeAndre Yedlin will take the field with Tottenham on Wednesday in the MLS All-Star game, and head coach Mauricio Pochettino says that it may not be the last time that the 22-year-old is seen in a Spurs uniform this season.
For weeks, Yedlin has been linked with a loan move away from the club as the former Seattle Sounders star could struggle for playing time in a crowded Tottenham roster. Likely behind Kyle Walker and Kieren Trippier, minutes at right back may be hard to come by for the U.S. Men’s National Team speedster.
However, Pochettino insists that Yedlin will be given his chance to shine in the coming weeks and, in turn, earn a spot on the Tottenham roster heading into the 2015-16 campaign.
“I think that DeAndre is very young,” Pochettino said at a press conference ahead of the MLS All-Star Game. “He has a very good potential for the future. I think joining us in the middle of the season last season, he has an opportunity now to show his value and try to convince me to stay next season.
“And it’s like any other player. He has the same opportunity to show his quality and maybe — why not — stay on the squad for the next season to compete in the Premier League.”
The 22-year-old joined Tottenham in January after originally being acquired by the club this past August. Spending a majority of his time with the reserves, Yedlin did make one Premier League appearance: a cameo in an April defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.
Yedlin most recently finished up a Gold Cup campaign with the U.S Men’s National Team, a campaign that saw the U.S. settle for a disappointing fourth place finish. Yedlin made five appearances in six games, four of which came as a substitute.
Tottenham is set to face the MLS All-Star’s Wednesday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, home of the Colorado Rapids, ahead of the start of the Premier League season, which will see the club kick off against Manchester United on August 8 at Old Trafford.
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