It remains to be seen whether soon-to-be Tottenham Hotspur right-back DeAndre Yedlin will arrive at White Hart Lane in either the winter or summer of 2015, but the Seattle Sounders star is targeting an immediate starting role whenever the time comes.
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.
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 is attempting to secure an EU passport through his mother’s Latvian heritage, which could speed up his arrival date.
‘I don’t know exactly what [Tottenham’s] plans are right now,’ he told Eight by Eight. ‘But they want me to come in and battle for a spot.
‘I’m a big fan of the style of play that Pochettino has installed in that team. I think it fits my style very well.
‘I almost got too comfortable in Seattle. I want to challenge myself and see what I have and prove to other people and prove to myself.
‘One thing I always remind myself of is that there are always younger players in better leagues doing better things than I’m doing right now. So if I’m not there, I need to get there.’
Aged 21, Yedlin will likely have to supplant positional rivals Kyle Walker and Eric Dier once he arrives in north London but, if he continues to progress towards fulfilling his undoubted potential over the coming months, then he could surprise a few people in England from the offset.
For now, though, the promising speedster will continue his bid to help his hometown club claim a historic domestic treble, with the Sounders looking to add a first-ever MLS Cup to the US Open Cup and Supporters Shield titles which have both been won over the past two months.