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Are Spurs really shipping DeAndre Yedlin off to Denmark?

This is NOT the loan we wanted.

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By this point we should probably at least have a clear understanding that DeAndre Yedlin is not in Mauricio Pochettino's plans for Tottenham Hotspur's first team. A loan has always seemed likely. However, this probably isn't the loan Spurs fans were expecting/hoping for:

Although Yedlin has rejoined Spurs after a summer mostly palling around with the USA national team at the Gold Cup, he really hasn't made any sort of impact on the Tottenham first team and in four matches has yet to even make the bench. This has led to persistent rumors of a loan. However, most Spurs fans were probably thinking this meant a loan to a lower-half Premier League side, like Norwich or Bournemouth. Maybe at worst a Championship team in need of pace. NOPE. Denmark, either with FC Midtjylland or Aalborg would at first blush be a decidedly disappointing place for Yedlin to land, especially if we consider that he was hopefully going to compete with Kyle Walker for first team minutes.

That said, FC Midtjylland is a pretty fascinating choice, if he does indeed end up there. The Danish first division team will play in the Europa League this season (so lots of games) after whipping Southampton over two legs, and are known throughout football as a club that has fully embraced advanced statistics and put them at the center of their operations. Michael Caley loves this club. Who am I to argue?

If we're really sending Yedlin on loan to Denmark, then it probably means less that we're shipping him off to anywhere that will have him and more because there's either a coach or a system in place that we think will help Yedlin succeed. It's not a done deal yet, so we'll keep tracking this rumor.