An elfin faced Irishman has an attacking imagination which would be of great use to any side, but he has a tough task to force his way into the Tottenham team. His Dad starred for Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers, Athlone Town and Kilkenny Town in Irish football.
Following in his father's footsteps, he took to the professional game with Spurs and worked his way through the youth ranks to make his first team debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the last game of the 2003-04 season.
Mark possesses trickery on the ball and the knack of making the right runs, but his slight frame sometimes makes him easy to knock off the ball. However, Yeates' fierce determination makes him a handful for any defender.
Having spent the majority of his time getting first team experience away from White Hart Lane on loan, Mark has played at a number of lower league clubs, with his spell at Colchester United being his most successful spell. All the clubs he played for, apart from Swindon Town and Hull City, have been impressed with the Irishman's ability. His short time at Swindon resulted from it being part of the deal that took Leigh Mills to Spurs and Yeates fell out with the Robins manager Andy King and he returned to Tottenham early. The same occurred at Hull, where he rarely got a game and the loan was cut short, as it was not benefiting the player.
His time at the Walkers Stadium saw him help the team stay up in the Championship, but the new manager Nigel Worthington failed to select him and he came back to his home club before the end of the season.
His future was unsure and he moved back to Colchester United to gain regular first team football, which will be a shame, but Tottenham have spent big and the chances of Yeates displacing some of the bigger money signings was remote. An undisclosed six figure fee (less than £300,000 though) was the sum paid by the U's.
Some consistent performances brought him to the attention of Crystal Palace, but an injury to his shoulder ruled him out of the end of the 2007-08 season and a deal was not completed. However, following another good campaign for the U's, Mark joined Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee (believed to be around £500,000) in June 2009. Was only at the North-East club for six months, before moving on to Sheffield United, where the team were relegated to League One after 18 months at Bramall Lane, which lead the striker moving to Watford in July 2011 on a two year deal.
Supported Liverpool as a boy.