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Can this newbie win a Tottenham first-team slot next season?

One of the most impressive things about a high-flying Tottenham side this season has been the level of consistence shown by the team and their ambitious manager.

Mauricio Pochettino was ruthless over the off-season in parting company with unneeded parts, while he now has a core group of players that he trusts.

More importantly, that group of young stars is taking on board his football ideologies and are starting to play the game the way the Argentine would wish. One of the areas that there has been a marked improvement in has been at full-back, where Spurs have been susceptible to mistakes over recent years.

Danny Rose, who took time to adjust from a winger to a defender, has looked more assured at left-back than at any other point in his Tottenham career.

Meanwhile on the other flank, England international Kyle Walker still demands the first-team spot and has shown signs of improvement also.

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The former Sheffield United youth star has been a player that the White Hart Lane faithful have appreciated and cursed in equal measures over recent seasons, with the defender’s lack of discipline at times letting him down.

Walker has always relied on his admittedly impressive speed to make up for positional lapses, but Pochettino has clearly been working with the Englishman to help him improve.

Despite this and the fact that he can be a devastating weapon on the front foot, Walker has still not won over the entirety of the club’s fans.

Kieran Trippier was signed from Burnley in the summer to act as a backup option for the Three Lions man, but as yet has not made much of an impact and been restricted to Europa League outings for the North London side.

Having an able deputy is surely a source of reassurance for Pochettino, but another potential incumbent for the role could well be American starlet DeAndre Yedlin.

The former Seattle Sounders wideman shot into the public eye with some stunning performances for his country at the World Cup and is widely acknowledged as a player with a bright future.

Since heading to London from America, Yedlin has had some issues in adjusting and has not been entrusted to play for Tottenham as yet.

Currently out on loan at Sunderland, the 22-year-old is getting more time on the pitch since the appointment of Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light, which could well be invaluable before he returns to White Hart Lane in the summer.

The American’s turn of pace and willingness to get forward is not dissimilar to Walker’s and as such the loan star could well be an interesting addition to Pochettino’s first-team squad next term.

Yedlin is clearly still learning the game and adjusting to life in England, but with a young ambitious group at Spurs looking to evolve together, there is every chance that he could be a part of it from 2016-17.

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