DeAndre Yedlin will be joining Tottenham Hotspur in January, the club has officially announced. Spurs did not specify exactly how he was cleared to join them, but multiple outlets have reported this week that he received a UK work permit.
There was some concern that Yedlin would not get a work permit nor a Latvian passport, which would keep him from joining Spurs in January. Some even wondered whether Spurs would want him this season, worried about how much playing time he would get, but manager Mauricio Pochettino pushed to get him after the New Year.
DeAndre is a young player with great potential who has already achieved a lot in Major League Soccer.
It is important for his development that he is given the time to adapt to his new surroundings both on and off the pitch and we believe that by coming to us in January it will give him the best opportunity to do so.
Jurgen Klinsmann advised Yedlin to join Spurs so he will be pleased with the move and that he is doing it as soon as possible. We'll see if that's still the prevailing thought if he struggles for playing time.
Tottenham hardly have a need at right back. Kyle Walker is fit again and the team's unquestioned starting right back, while Kyle Naughton is a dependable backup. Yedlin will be fighting an uphill battle to get looks there and may end up as a midfield substitute, similar to how Klinsmann used him at the World Cup.
The good news is that Pochettino has made bringing young players through and giving them playing time a priority. He's done so with Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane, even giving some less-ready kids run outs in cup matches. Yedlin may not be one of Spurs' best two right backs, but may end up getting time because Pochettino wants him to get experience and be tested.
Exactly how Spurs use Yedlin is still up in the air. When he's going there is not anymore. He'll be in North London next month.