Seattle Sounders right-back DeAndre Yedlin has revealed that the date of his future move to Tottenham Hotspur could depend on whether he can acquire EU citizenship through his mother’s Latvian heritage.
One of the top-rated talents in MLS, the US international’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, before sealing a £2.5 million move to Tottenham this summer.
Having returned to the Sounders for the time being, it remains to be seen whether he will head over to White Hart Lane in either the winter or next summer, but the seven-times capped Seattle-native believes it could hinge on when he receives the Latvian passport which will allow him to sidestep the usual work permit regulations.
‘Right now I’m working on getting my Latvian passport so we’re still waiting on what the deal with that is,’ he told ExtraTime Radio, when discussing being voted the number one player in MLSsoccer.com’s annual "24-under-24" list.
‘Depending on that, it’ll either be January or June.’
Yedlin, however, isn’t concerned about the wait and believes the added time spent with Seattle will benefit him in the long-run, although he is eager to start life in the Premier League.
‘I think it feels good. It allows me to take some time,’ he said.
‘I think going in and jumping over there straight away would have been a little bit tough on me, especially leaving home, so it gives me some time to prepare and an opportunity to help Seattle, where ultimately my main goal right now is helping the team to MLS Cup.’
Several well-regarded American prospects have struggled to establish themselves in the Premier League after arriving in recent years, such as Jozy Altidore and Brek Shea, but Yedlin insists his decision will prove the right one in time.
‘I think the main thing is you have to believe you’re ready,’ he added. ‘I don’t know what their [Tottenham’s] thought process was but I truly believe that I’m ready. That’s the main thing – you just have to believe in yourself.
‘It’s hard because a new coach may come in who may not like your fit, but I truly believe this move with Tottenham puts me in a good situation and I think it’ll lead me on a path to succeed.’