In a season that is ending with more questions than answers about the current quality in our squad, a few bright spots have managed to emerge. One of those bright spots came on Saturday in the form of Tottenham's young right back DeAndre Yedlin, who made his first team debut.
Yedlin, a capped USA international, came on in the 79th minute of an otherwise dreadful match at White Hart Lane to a cascade of applause. Considering the events and continuity of the match, it would have been easy for the crowd to ignore the moment, but they did not. The atmosphere at the Lane has been a contentious talking point over the last few years as ticket prices and expectations have gone up, but it is nice, in these moments, to see the class triumph over the cynicism.
The reception was not lost on Yedlin.
It was unbelievable to make my debut here...It's something that I've looked forward to for a while now...I never thought I'd get that kind of support coming over here.
Yedlin is now joining up with his American teammates for a friendly against Mexico this week. While a huge rivalry in North American football, it is still a friendly, and I am disappointed he is making the trip. After finally breaking into the team this weekend, and with Vlad Chiriches' mediocre shift against Aston Villa, Yedlin may have been poised to get another opportunity to impress Mauricio Pochettino. That now seems unlikely.
In a season that is increasingly turning into "wait until next year", the Yedlin situation is a case of, perhaps, "wait until next week".