Former Tottenham goalkeeper Kasey Keller believes a move to Spurs may not prove the best thing for DeAndre Yedlin, following reports that the club were leading the race for the USA international’s signature.
His impressive performances at the World Cup seeing him go from relative unknown MLS prospect to one of the most talked-about names in the transfer window, Yedlin has been linked to the likes of Liverpool, Roma, Napoli and Inter Milan over the past month, with a move to Europe at some stage looking like a foregone conclusion.
However, with ESPN’s Taylor Twellman reporting on Wednesday that Tottenham were moving close to a deal for the Seattle Sounders right-back, Keller, who himself spent four seasons at the club, thinks the switch to White Hart Lane could well end up stalling his development.
‘Spurs is a tricky place to play,’ he told Goal USA. ‘They're a team that has a lot of turnover in players.
‘They’re a team that has the money, and are always looking for a bargain, but it's a tough place to go.
‘I just want to see young American players get to situations where they're going to play regularly, week in and week out. If that's at Tottenham, great. But if it's not, then it's not the right move.
‘It's hard to develop if you don't play.’
Keller also added that he wasn’t sure whether Yedlin would even be able to secure a work permit, given the fact he has just seven caps since his US debut at the start of 2014, but it has been revealed that there would be a clear path to EU citizenship through his mother’s Latvian heritage.
With a rumoured asking price of around the £4.5 million, which would be the highest ever paid for an MLS defender, Tottenham’s original plan was to purchase Yedlin and then loan him back to the Sounders for the remaining half of the 2014 season.
However, after the league’s transfer deadline passed on August 6, it remains unclear how matters will proceed, with the 21-year-old speedster himself stating that he was perfectly content to remain in his native Seattle for the foreseeable future.
One of the league’s top-rated talents, Yedlin’s career has seen a meteoric rise over the past 18 months, going from the college level to a two-time All-Star and World Cup standout after just one full professional season, but the sentiment within MLS is that he would benefit from more time to hone his still raw game.
With incumbent Spurs right-back Kyle Walker standing in his way to a place in the lineup, Keller’s fears about a lack of minutes seem valid, but it’s doubtful that would stop the shot-stopper's former club from snapping up such a promising talent if given the chance.