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Spurs loanee Luke McGee is Player of the Month again

8:51 am
Young goalkeeper Luke McGee is on loan at Peterborough who have started talks with Spurs to sign him permanently.

The 21-year-old (22 in September) has won the Peterborough Player of the Month for the second month running, quite an achievement for a goalkeeper as they rarely take the plaudits. Saving two penalties in successive games helps, especially when his manager Grant McCann says they have never had a goalkeeper who saves penalties.

He is yet another player from our academy making his way in the professional game.

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Come back stronger boys

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Come back stronger boys

Delighted to have signed for Great opportunity and can't wait to get started! 🙌🏻🔥⚽️

Both Luke McGee and Nathan Oduwa have joined League One side Peterborough United on loan until January. It is all part of a young players education going out on loan, where they have to fend for themselves, mature as a person and as a player, fight for a place rather than get one almost automatically through rotation in a development squad.

Loans have a big part to play given Premier League 2 games are all rather meaningless, simply training exercises against another club. They bear no comparison to senior football. These lad will be learning from experienced players and playing against people who will give no quarter and where the results you achieve actually matter.

They'll have to deal with a baying crowd, expectation, abuse, rival fans, none of which you really get at development level. Good luck boys, come back stronger players. COYS

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Spurs forward on loan until April

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Young Tottenham Hotspur forward Ryan Loft has been signed by National League side Braintree Town on work experience terms until the end of March.

The 18-year-old (19 in September) ia making his way through our youth system and is a regular goalscorer for us. Last season he scored 13 goals for our Under-18 side in 27 games (15 starts) and has scored 5 goals in 5 starts and 3 substitute appearances.

He has recently been playing for the Under-21 side (3 appearances), and scored against Norwich City. He joined Tottenham as an Under-14. In the 2013-14 season making a total of three youth team appearances and scored one goal as an Under-16.

Loft was also part of the Spurs teams that won the Premier League Under-18 Champions Cup in August 2015, where in the final he netted the winner against Benfica, and the IMG Cup in December 2014. The tall striker has netted braces against Chelsea and Southampton youth sides this season.
National League side Braintree are currently 4th in the table and host Eastleigh on Saturday who sit 8th. Both sides are chasing a play-off place. The top two in the table, Cheltenham 79pts and Forest Green 78pts are well clear of 3rd placed Grimsby 62 points who like Braintree in 4th on 57 pts have 3 games in hand. Tranmere sit in 5th place, the last play-off place also on 57 points but having played 2 games more than Braintree.

Clearly it is an important time for the Essex side and it will be good experience for Loft to have the pressure to perform on his shoulders.



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Dominic Ball emulating Eric Dier

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In the summer there was a clamour for a defensive midfielder to be bought, but Mauricio Pochettino had other ideas. He told Daniel Levy he could turn Eric Dier into a holding midfielder and save the club forking out on another player.

We scouted players and did all the homework in case Dier didn't take to the role in England, he had played the role for Sporting in Portugal previously. We have seen the outcome so when Pochettino says other players can play as a lone forward, he should have earned our trust.

Up in Scotland, we have a player on loan at Ranger, centre-back Dominic Ball. Due to a suspension, he was asked to move forward into the holding midfield role, the same as Dier. he did so well in helping to keep a clean sheet that he retained the role even after the suspended player was available again. he may well retain the role for a third consecutive game considering both games he has played there have been clean sheets.

Mark Warburton spoke to RangersTV and praised the Spurs on-loan youngster.

"I thought Dom Ball was excellent sitting in front of the back four. He was tidy, he was neat in what he did. So I'm really pleased with Dom. The centre-halves were strong as well."

Playing different position will help develop his reading of the game and help him to understand what is going through other players minds if and when he reverts back to centre-half.



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Kyle Walker-Peters on trial with Roda JC

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Kyle Walker-Peters on trial with Roda JC

Tottenham Hotspur have a partnership with Roda JC and the Dutch club have taken 18-year-old (19 in April) right-back Kyle Walker-Peters on trial with the aim of taking him on loan. He has joined the club at a training camp in Portugal.

Ton Caanen, the Roda JC technical director, spoke to Fox Sports and revealed they planned to take the young prospect, who has just signed a new contract with Spurs, on loan. 

“We’ll see if it suits either side. The intention is certainly to capture him on loan.”
Walker-Peters played in the Under-21 game against Manchester United on Monday and recently spoke about the need to improve physically.

"As a young boy at the club, I’ve always dreamed of playing for the first team so I guess signing a new deal takes me a step closer and I’m delighted. 
"I know I’ve still got a lot to learn but I’m sure it will all come with age and experience. It’s great to get a new contract and I think it shows that I’m becoming stronger. That’s one of the things I need to work on – physically I’m doing okay but I can still get better."

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York City want to keep McEvoy

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York City want to keep McEvoy

York City want to make the loan move of Tottenham Hotspur youngster Kenneth McEvoy permanent. The 21-year-old (22 next September) has only played two games during his one-month loan spell. The pacey Irish Under-21 winger is wanted for the remaining four months of the season to try and help York City avoid relegation from the Football League. 

Currently, they sit bottom of League Two and McEvoy has only managed 177 minutes for them. He played 90 minutes against Accrington Stanley on November 28, on the left sided midfield attacker, then 56 minutes on December 12 against Bristol Rovers away on the right of the three. He followed that up on December 19 with a 13-minute substitute appearance on the left of their attacking three against Morecambe.

He was on the bench for the trip to Mansfield Town and came on after 64 minutes against Yeovil on Saturday ahead of the end on his loan spell today. York City chief Jackie McNamara told the YorK Press he wants McEvoy until the end of the season.

“We’re hoping to make Kenny McEvoy’s move permanent. He’s been out of the team for the last two or three games because of the form of others, but we changed things around in the second half (at Yeovil) and he brought an injection of pace. 
“I think that’s crucial at this level and, every time he gets on the ball, he puts a good cross into the box as well. 

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    Nathan Oduwa is catching the eye in Scotland, he has a lot to learn, he isn't the finished article, but is getting rave reviews. It will be important to keep his feet on the ground and not get carried away with all the hype.

    Mark Warburton has a very important job to do in that respect, as I wrote in a previous article it is an important responsibility having a loan player. If you manage him wrong at this stage he could think he has made it, stop improving or become big headed. The player that comes out of a loan move is more important than the player that goes into a loan move.

    Managing a loanee is a big responsibility

    The commentary is as good as the skill in this clip.

    The 19-year-old (20 next March) is on a season-long loan with the Scottish Championship side and his performance in Rangers 5-0 win against Raith Rovers earned him a place in the Scottish Team of the Week.

    Former Tottenham Hotspur centre-back and captain Gary Mabbutt believes Mark Warburton is the right man to groom youngster Nathan Oduwa for a big career. It has started well in Scotland, but it is early days yet and his success may mean more Scottish clubs come looking for young Premier League club talents. I am sure many will be keen to see how he develops and how he handles a long season.

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    Yedlin to Midtjylland on loan?

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    Rumours of a loan move for DeAndre Yedlin to Denmark of all places, a strange one that if it is the case. He has failed to impress on the training ground with his technical ability way below the required level if the rumours coming out of the training ground are to be believed.

    Yedlin to Midtjylland on loan?

    The more senior players haven't been impressed and if team mates are not impressed then they are not going to have the complete faith in him that they need. He needs a loan move and I am one to advocate loan moves abroad, but not on this occasion. Yedlin needs UK minutes, he needs immersing in the UK game and culture, having said that he needs guaranteed game time every week to develop him as quickly as possible.

    Norwich City have been mentioned, it's either to a club of that ilk or a Championship side you would want to see him playing, the standard of football in Denmark, not disrespect to Denmark intended, is not great even though Midtjylland did dump Southampton out of the UEFA Europa League 2-1 on aggregate in the play-off round to get into the competition proper.

    Thier reward is Group C with Napoli, Club Brugge and Legia Warsaw so they have European football. I mention all this because Midtjylland are one of the clubs mentioned as a possible loan destination for Yedlin. The impression is that he spends more time with the USA team than he does at the Spurs training ground, obviously not true but t doesn't half seem like it.

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    Videos: Spurs Loan News

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    Spurs Loan News

    Nathan Oduwa and Dominic Bal both play the full game for Rangers in their away midweek cup victory over Airdrieonians on their plastic pitch.

    RANGERS TEAM TO PLAY AIRDRIEONIANS: Foderingham, Wallace, Kiernan, Ball, Tavernier, Halliday, Zelalem, Shiels, Oduwa, Clark, Waghorn.

    Having started both Oduwa and Ball played the full 90 minutes in the Scottish League Cup tie that saw Rangers with their 4-3-3 system run out comfortable 5-0 winners.

    Good 5-0 win tonight, fans were amazing again they made it feel like a home game tonight!

    Tweeting is all now a part of a player's PR to the fans rather than a personal expression vehicle. That's not the case for all especially the youth, but they will be taught how to use it as part of their media training. Dominic Ball wasn't to be lft out.

    Good 5-0 win in the cup, another clean sheet and onto the next round, fans superb as usual!

    The highlights can be seen at the link below which is followed by an interview with manager Mark Warburton and their is a match report that mentions both our guys. Warburton makes some comments about his right-back, who has scored 5 goals so far, which Kyle Walker would perhaps do well to listen too.
    Rangers TV

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    Coulthirst returns to Spurs

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    Young on loan striker shaquile Coulthirst has left Wigan Athletic and returned to Spurs, but no as cover for Harry Kane.

    The instant thought is that Spurs may be having trouble bringing in a new striker and have recalled Coulthirst as third choice, but that does not appear to be the case. Coulthirst has a thigh injury and has returned to Spurs for treatment, although it is not known whether he will return to Wigan after his recovery at this stage.

    He has only been at Wigan 11 days playing in games against Doncaster and Scunthorpe before missing the away loss to Kent side Gillingham, who incidentally have only lost 5 games in 22 under former Tottenham left-back Justin Edinburgh who took over from former Tottenham winger Peter Taylor mid way through last season.

    Wigan boss Gary Caldwell is keen to have him back and would like to keep him longer, his loan spell was due to end in November.

    “He’s had a bad tear of his thigh. The physios have been liaising with each other and he’s gone back there to start his rehab and see how it goes. Hopefully he comes back quick and we can get him back but we just have to wait and see and keep in contact with him. 
    “It’d be great [to have him back]. “I think he showed in the little burst he had he was somebody with real ability, pace and a real energy when he came on the pitch. I thought he really lifted the team on both occasions with his energy. It was a blow after the Scunthorpe game. 
    “He obviously finished the game and we didn’t think there was anything that bad so it was a blow the next day to find out how bad the tear was.”
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    On loan Oduwa 30 minutes at Rangers (Video)

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    Ranger won 1-0 against Hibernian up across the border in the Scottish Championship with both Dominic Ball and Nathan Oduwa on the bench. Oduwa did come on after 60 minutes for McKay in front of 49,220 fans.

    He isn't going to get that sort of crowd or the sort of passion they generate in the lower league in England so sending players regularly to Scotland, especially if Rangers get promotion, may be a good option for our young players.

    Oduwa needs to learn that body language is important in football, your opponent determines the type of opponent you are by your actions and at the moment, being young, the impression I get is that he only looks interested when he has the ball at his feet. The crowds up there will ensure he grows as a footballer and learns his responsibilities.

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    Managing a loanee is a big responsibility

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    Mauricio Pochettino is a big admirer of Mark Warburton after the work he did with Alex Pritchard at Brentford last season.

    Brentford invested in the side last summer but arguably their best player turned out to be the young Spurs loanee who Pochettino has said he is expecting big things of this season. Simply loaning a young player out to any side is the wrong approach, a potential loan deal must be fully researched so if you know a manager, know the way he wants to play, know how he treats young developing adults, both on and arguably more importantly off the field, then you know your player is going to be in safe hands.

    The environment has to be right for the individual, they have to feel comfortable, confident and have the pressure of performing to fight for and keep a place. For a creative player like Pritchard, their performances directly affect the success of a side so they have to win over a fan base as well, all in a new city living away from home.

    For some it's a question of cutting the apron strings so they mature quicker then they would in a closeted environment, the quicker an individual matures, the quicker they develop as a player. There are plenty of clubs who want to tale our youngsters so a manager who plays in a style that suits our game and who works with our players well is going to have an advantage when there are a new group of loanees available.

    Mark Warburton is now the boss of Scottish giants Rangers who we played in a training game at Hotspur Way this summer. Before, during and after that game Pochettino and Warburton discussed sending players on loan to Rangers for the coming season. Despite remaining in the Scottish Championship Rangers have a huge following home and away, they have a history of expecting to win every game and that places huge pressure on any youngster. That pressure to perform is possibly a greater test than the standard of football in the Championship for the two players we have now sent there on loan.

    The Scottish Daily Record newspaper reveal that Warburton has secured the services of 18-year-old (19 next March) England Under-18 midfielder Nathan Oduwa and 20-year-old (21 next August) defensive midfielder and centre-back Dominic Ball.

    Pochettino is happy the pair are in safe hands and the development of starlet Oduwa will be watched with great interest after his appearances in pre-season friendlies brought him to the attention of many a Spurs fan.

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    Spurs could/should be doing more with the loan system

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    I try not to use the rose tinted spectacles and assess in a more cold light of day frame of mind, perhaps that is my coaching training coming to the fore, but people sometimes lose sight of the fact that football is a harsh business where passengers are a luxury Tottenham can't afford.

    I am all for developing youth, understanding and supporting what we are aiming to achieve at Tottenham. Money wins trophies now, that's a proven fact, it's pie in the sky stuff thinking a club or a manager can simply build a side, without money the chances of success are as minimal as they can get. We have an edge on most clubs, but the trophy winners have a massive edge on us. Football is a business, you gave to win the business battle off the field to build a squad to win trophies on the field.

    Being unable to compete for the finished players we would want we have turned to an alternative route. Whether you support our faith in youth or not the club do have a strategy to prepare for the building of a new stadium and beyond. That is better than no strategy at all.

    With a youth based strategy comes ups and downs, mistakes will be made, they are learning, but you have to look ahead and ask where are we going, are the youngsters on the right track to get us there. Surrounding them are the experienced players, it is their job to perform consistently and help the youth. I recently wrote about Fernando Llorente and how he uses his experience in a positive way to help the young players both on and off the field. If you make conditions perfect off the field you are giving a player every opportunity to perform on the field. It all matters.

    At what point does a player become experienced though? There is no set timeframe and sometimes players don't help themselves. Again I have written before that more English players should go abroad if the opportunity emerges and that we should be sending youth abroad to gain first-team football, as well as learning in a different footballing environment.

    Tom Carroll had the opportunity to go to Ajax as part of the Christian Eriksen deal that brought him to White Hart Lane. Surely at his age you would want to go to one of the clubs in Europe with a history of developing quality players and who have UEFA Champions League football. Not Tom Carroll, he turned down a loan move to Ajax and went on loan to Championship side QPR, where their fans will tell you he flopped.

    Since then he has struggled to move on with his career, a loan spell at Swansea last season started to reignite it but it's hardly burning bright. He does seem a bit in no-mans land at the moment and his size will always count against him in a defensive midfield role where he is vulnerable in the air. Manchester United targeted Ryan Mason successfully with that ploy so Carroll would be subjected to that too, it would give teams an aerial route to our defence. Scott Parker had the physicality to be able to compete, Carroll doesn't have that.

    Tottenham Hotspur is a business, the product is football and in the football landscape today you have to run the club as a going concern. Stamping ones feet and crying to Mummy that Joe Lewis isn't putting his own money in just because two other clubs had sugar daddies build them isn't going to change the situation one bit. Jealousy has never been a positive trait.

    Going out on a loan is one thing, but going to the right place is quite another. Chelsea buys players and loan them out to develop elsewhere, often abroad, coming back to the club when they are ready. Some make it, some don't, Manchester City do the same, the Italian champions for the last 4 seasons Juventus had 58 players out on loan last season.

    Italian clubs can part own a players registration, in effect part own the player. In Spain recently Atlético Madrid just bought 75% of Yannick Ferreira Carrasco from Monaco. We can't do that in the Premier League, our rules do not allow third party ownership to protect the integrity of results.

    Spurs have greatly increased our use of the loan system to develop players and where it within our financial means, I can see the club continuing to buy young talent, loan them out and have a pool of players to either use or sell. Harry Winks is perhaps the next for a loan spell, DeAndre Yedlin to follow perhaps.

    2012/13 - 13 loans out
    2013/14 - 24 loans out

    Once a club have bought a player the club taking that player on loan usually pays a percentage of their wages, in some cases all of it, obviously it depends on what the players wages are. Mohamad Salah is a player Chelsea have bought, it hasn't worked out for him there so he was loaned out and Chelsea want a profit to sell him. We can not deal in that market in that way with players of that quality. Buying and loaning out players are beyond our transfer and wages budget unless they are youth and inexpensive.

    If we concentrate on 17-year-olds to 20-year-old players with potential who haven't broken through yet then we can pick them up relatively cheaply. In addition, we are looking to buy players who are expected to develop into top bracket players. We have actively targeted them this window, Atlético Madrid and other Spanish clubs particularly take this approach. Using the loan system, not just as we do now in this country, but increasingly abroad, we can develop these players over a period to the point where they are worth a good deal more than we have paid for them.

    Real Madrid run their academy as a going concern, it has to pay for itself through player sales. Tottenham should be doing the same thing, but we don't hear of too many Jake Livermore type fees. Once we have loaned them to a Championship club many seem to stagnate, what is happening with 22-year-old right-back Ryan Fredericks for instance. Having written this a few days ago, I now see we asked for £3 million (US$4.69m - AUS$6.19m - €4.23m) to sell him, rather than loan him to QPR. Now there is news Glasgow Rangers want to take him on loan but with only a year on his contract it doesn't benefit us.

    We don't seem to loan players to Premier League clubs very often when they get to this stage, surely that is the season that is going to make them a more valuable asset. Should we not be targeting the promoted clubs, who play football in the right way, to take a youngster and give them a season's football. A player like Alex Pritchard would benefit from a season playing Premier League football, he won't get it with us, he'll just get cups, some UEFA Europa League games and cameos or the odd game.

    We have seen a change in the coaching staff and a more professional outlook from the players with health and diet top of the agenda. As sports science improves making small adjustments to small parts improves the whole machine. The body is a players instrument of work, it has to be kept in tip-top condition, falling out of a nightclub is no longer acceptable, not that it ever was. The culture is still to have a beer, fun with the lads for many, that is not compatible with top level sport.

    There is a slow gradual change at Tottenham where we are trying to position ourselves with the culture and mentality to challenge for and win trophies. While we have started to make progress with the loan system there is more we can do, not just for the individual player but for the club as a whole.

    We have to build a better scouting network and develop a network of link clubs, clubs we can loan to such as the one former player Tony Mowbray is trying to develop at the moment. He and Tottenham had a three-hour meeting to discuss how this could work for the mutual benefit of both clubs as he told the Coventry Telegraph.

    “I had a three-hour meeting with one football club about their young players and building relationships. We talked about developing relationships where they might bring some players up to our training ground and we might go down and play their team on their training ground. 
    “But those sorts of relationships are going to be healthy. We need to progress to the point where we don’t want to feed but use each other as a vehicle so we use their young players and it benefits both. At this moment in this club’s history, that’s where we are.”

    It is important there is something in it for everyone and a future path is discussed. If our youngsters go to Coventry City and the club does well, gains promotion perhaps, then they are going to need a better standard of player, which could be further development for the same players or others. There would be no point us wanting to send them the same standard of player as we had the previous year, it would take them backwards.

    Paul Mitchell has arrived and is upgrading the scouting and analysis. I have long felt we need to look to Spain more, given how they are brought up to play team football retaining the ball and we have recently appointed two scouts for the region, clearly it's an area we are now taking a greater interest in.

    It will be interesting to see how we use the loan system over the next few years. The big question for me is a player like Alex Pritchard. Take Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who was sent to Atlético Madrid for three years to develop, now a top class goalkeeper he walked straight into the team. Alex Pritchard will not walk straight into our team, but shouldn't we also be creating players that can?

    A season-long loan spell at newly promoted Bournemouth, for instance, would create a Premier League player quicker than a partial season with us. In one year, we may then not need to buy a wide attacker but a season of partial development may mean we delay a season finding out about him.

    Staying worked for Harry Kane bit that's not to say it will work for everyone, there are only 11 places in a team and we are still trying to develop Andros Townsend, who should have been more advanced as a player than he is.

    It's a dilemma and hindsight tells us with each player whether we were right or wrong, do we need a little more foresight though?

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    Make or break season for Carroll

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    As with Jake Livermore last summer, we have an abundance of midfielders who won't get a game. Ryan Mason had a great pre-season and has jumped ahead of Tom Carroll in the pecking order.

    Make or break season for Carroll

    Livermore went on loan to Hull, played every week, got to an FA Cup final and has now signed an £7 million deal with £1 million of add-ons should the clauses be achieved. Arsenal have used the loan system for their youngsters sending them out on season long Premier League loans to come back better players. That will be the hope now for Tom Carroll who is now 22 who has gone backwards as a footballer.

    At the moment he telegraphs every pass with his body shape and needs to learn to use both the instep and outside of both feet to increase not only the range of his passing but it's disguise. One attribute he does seem to possess is vision and that is crucial, the better players have it because they are constantly looking around to see where everyone is, both their own and opposition players. Then when the ball arrives they seem to have more time, which is because they already know what they are going to do with the ball.

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    Carroll has been sent on a season long loan to Swansea City to join their earlier signing from us Gylfi Sigurdsson, which should help the England Under 21 international settle.

    It will be a big season for Carroll if he is to start fulfilling the potential h has. At the end of his loan spell Spurs can then decide whether they should stick with him or sell him. The ball is firmly in Carroll's court.

    His transfer reduces the squad size by one but it doesn't reduce the non-home grown quota, which still needs to happen, especially with the imminent arrival of Argentine Federico Fazio it seems.

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    Yedlin is not just a marketing gimmick

    4:30 pm
    The DeAndre Yedlin deal has now been completed and I for one am delighted. He excelled at the World Cup and showed he could play at the level as well as a decent display for the MLS All Stars in the defeat of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

    Tottenham News Shorts

    Sounders FC owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer issued a club statement to confirm the completion of the deal.

    "We are extremely proud of what DeAndre has accomplished in his young professional career. His success is a reflection of his individual ability as well as soccer development in Washington State and the continued commitment to progress the sport in this country. 
    "DeAndre is and always will be a special member of the Sounders FC family, and we are excited to have him in Seattle for the remainder of the season."

    Yedlin, who flew over to London last week to have a look around the training complex, also confirmed the move to Tottenham and that he was remaining at Seattle Sounders for the remainder of the MLS season.

    "I first want to thank everyone involved in my development. From my family to youth coaches to the Sounders, I am lucky to have such a strong support system. 
    "I'm excited to have the opportunity to play with Spurs in the English Premier League, and I look forward to helping the Sounders win a championship this season.
    "It’s a great team with a new coach and a style that suits the way I play. That’s a big reason I made the decision. 
    "The facilities are the best in Europe, if not the world. It’s a great team. I’m very excited. 
    "I’ve talked to Jürgen Klinsmann a lot about this move and he supports it, which was one of the big reasons behind the decision."

    Yedlin has signed a 4-year contract and joins prior to the 2015/16 season after finished the MLS season in a deal worth a reported £2.4 million (€2.99m - $4m) by American media.

    He has been dismissed in some circles as a marketing gimmick and that his talents aren't good enough. These people clearly haven't seen him lay and are simply making an opinion because he plays in the MLS. If you look at his stats he has only been booked twice in 14 MLS games (1,229 minutes) suggesting he keeps his head and doesn't make rash challenges.

    480 successful passes from 586 attempts for an 81.9% success rate for a full-back who crosses the ball. Of those 390 were forward passes, 15 of those were 'key' passes and he has created 15 chances.

    In 14 games he has had 4 shots and not scored. He has won and lost 30 tackles and beats his man 52.94% of the time. He wins 60% of his aerial duels.

    He has made 35 interceptions, 6 blocks and 47 clearances and made 1 defensive error.

    In the World Cup he made 3 appearances having only made his international debut in January, from those 3 games he created 3 chances. However he only played 18 minutes verses Portugal, 6 minutes against World Cup winners Germany (right midfield) and 88 minutes including extra-time against Belgium. So he played 112 minutes or 1 full game and 22 minutes from which he created those 3 chances.

    His pass accuracy at the World Cup was 76%, his average pass length 17m and he won 67% of all his duels with no defensive errors.

    Like any player the are aspects of his game to work on but he has pace, he can cross a ball, he loves to get forward, all the things a modern full-back needs. Their secondary skill it would seem is defending and he'll have to learn as he steps up in grade but at only 21 has time to do so.

    He will of course be valuable for expanding the Tottenham name but that only makes a major difference if the player in question is playing a significant part at the club. He is an American star, one of their young hopes so for him to be of maximum commercial value to us he needs to be playing in the Premier League and making a contribution to the matches that matter. That won't happen overnight but he has been signed as a footballer, to dismiss him as simply anything else is probably an opinion formed, as I say, through a lack of understanding.

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