DeAndre Yedlin has revealed that US national team head coach and former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jurgen Klinsmann was a big influence in his decision to move to Spurs.
One of the top prospects in MLS, an impressive showing at the World Cup in Brazil earned the promising right-back a £2.5 million move to Mauricio Pochettino’s side in August, after just one full professional season with the Seattle Sounders.
Having returned to the Sounders for the time being, Yedlin is set to make the permanent switch to England in either January or June of 2015, and is eager to learn from positional rival Kyle Walker once he arrives at White Hart Lane.
‘I definitely talked to a lot of people. Jurgen [Klinsmann] was one of them, as I know he played at Spurs, so he was obviously a pretty big influence in my decision,’ he told ExtraTime Radio.
‘He’s a guy who wants the best for me and I trust him, and I know he’ll give me very good advice.
‘I was a big fan of Spurs’ playing style, with the way they let their outside backs attack, and I think it’ll be a great opportunity to learn under a great right-back like Kyle Walker, who’s very similar and is ultimately one of the best in Europe.’
Having claimed his first piece of club silverware earlier this month with a win in the US Open Cup final, Yedlin’s next goal will be to help the Sounders add the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup to their collection to complete a historic treble, before finding out whether he’ll have be able to begin his Spurs career in the winter.