Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday saw the debut of the young, upstart American, DeAndre Yedlin.
The speedy American defender was subbed on as a right back in the 79th minute, marking his first Premier League minutes in a Spurs outfit.
Yedlin captured the attention of the footballing world in last summer’s World Cup as he showed off his blistering pace and surprising strength for a United States team who benefited immensely from his dashing runs from the defensive line.
Yedlin’s rare ability to defend while also serving as an occasional offensive threat up the wing proved to be valuable to the Americans. The strong World Cup showing apparently impressed the Spurs hierarchy as they signed him for £2.5M in August.
The Spurs debut was Yedlin’s first league action since November 30th, when he suited up for the Seattle Sounders of the MLS in their playoff loss to the LA Galaxy.
Yedlin’s 79th minute entrance was clearly an attempt by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino to infuse some energy into what was, to that point, a very lackluster offensive performance againt Villa.
The pacy American held his own in his Premier League debut, even going head to head with Villa star, Chriristian Benteke in one defensive encounter.
However, with preferred Tottenham right back, Kyle Walker, returning from injury soon, Yedlin needs to continue to provide an element of explosiveness to Tottneham if he wants to continue to see the pitch.