Soon-to-be Tottenham Hotspur defender DenAndre Yedlin has revealed his excitement at the prospect of learning from fellow right-back Kyle Walker once he eventually arrives at White Hart Lane.
One of the top-rated talents in MLS, Yedlin’s career path has been on a meteoric rise over the past 18 months, progressing from the college level to a two-time All-Star and World Cup standout after just one full professional season with the Seattle Sounders.
Sealing a £2.5 million move to Spurs in August on the back of his impressive performances in Brazil, the US international has returned to Seattle for the time being, but has spoken of his eagerness to make the full-time switch across the Atlantic once the club decides the time is right.
‘Obviously I’m an attacking full-back and they have Kyle Walker there, so I’m excited to learn from him,’ he told ESPN FC.
‘I’ll learn from the other full-backs too and coach [Mauricio] Pochettino. He’s great with young players so it’s something I’m really looking forward to.’
With the option of coming over in either the winter or summer of 2015, recent long-term injuries to both Walker and Kyle Naughton have led to speculation that Yedlin is likely to arrive in the coming transfer window.
The seven-time capped speedster has reaffirmed, however, that the timing could depend on when he acquires the Latvian passport through his mother’s heritage which would allow him to sidestep the usual work permit restrictions.
‘It could. The deciding factor is my passport,’ he said. ‘I’ve got to get my Latvian passport. If that goes through then January is definitely very possible but it will be June or January.
‘I always knew I had that kind of background but I never really paid much attention to it. It’s come pretty useful now so I’m going to take advantage of it.’
Linked to several major clubs across Europe this summer, Roma were thought to be the front-runners for Yedlin’s signature until Spurs emerged out of the pack, and the Seattle-native admits it was a straightforward decision picking the Premier League over Serie A.
‘It was between Roma and Tottenham and I just felt that England would fit my playing style better,’ he added. ‘It was an interesting situation but I’m happy with my decision.’
Having claimed the first major piece of silverware of his career last month with the US Open Cup title, Yedlin and the Sounders are now bidding to seal a historic domestic treble in adding the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup to their collection over the coming weeks, with the club sitting joint-top of the Western Conference with three games left before the post-season.