DeAndre Yedlin, Tottenham Hotspur's newest player, is returning home to the USA after being called into the USA Men's National Team squad for two upcoming friendly matches. USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann named Yedlin to the 23-man American roster for upcoming matches against Chile and Panama.
If you're a USA Men's National Team supporter, this is good news: it means Yedlin is still firmly in Klinsmann's national team plans, despite it being somewhat of a dead time for international football. USA plays Chile this Wednesday and Panama on February 8, and Yedlin will likely stay with the American team for the duration.
If you're a Tottenham fan, this may be a bit of a double-edged sword, especially if you were hoping to see Yedlin play in a lilywhite shirt anytime soon. If Spurs are allowing Yedlin to go on international duty during a killer stretch of matches where there is room for lots of squad rotation, it probably means that Mauricio Pochettino is going to ride or die with Vlad Chiriches and Eric Dier as backups to Kyle Walker at right back. Allowing Yedlin to go on international duty means that he'll stay match fit and will get playing time. It just won't be with Tottenham.
Obviously we don't know the full rationale behind Spurs allowing Yedlin to join Klinsmann's squad. It's probably way too early to read much into it, and all it really means is that he's just not quite ready to make an impact in England yet. That's fine. Spurs wouldn't have purchased him if they didn't think he has potential. Maybe we'll see him play this spring, and maybe we won't, but at this stage there's no reason to second-guess Pochettino's or Klinsmann's judgement.