US national team head coach and Tottenham Hotspur legend Jurgen Klinsmann believes DeAndre Yedlin will have no trouble making a name for himself at his former club because the right-back is such a quick learner.
One of the brightest American talents, Yedlin’s career path has been on a meteoric rise over the past 18 months, going from the college level to a two-time MLS 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 showing in Brazil, the 21-year-old is getting a taste of his future surroundings this week, with the US squad currently housed at the north London club’s training complex ahead of Friday night’s match against Colombia at Craven Cottage.
It still remains to be seen whether he will make the permanent switch across the Atlantic in either the winter of summer of 2015, with conflicting reports doing the rounds, but Klinsmann is sure that, whenever the time comes, his star prospect will be prepared.
“He’s a very rare and a very special kid,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“He’s obviously very energetic, technically-gifted and fast, but most importantly he’s a quick learner.
“He’s a sponge. He will come here with Pochettino and say, ‘Tell me and I’ll try it.’
“Of course, it will take time. It will take time for him to break through here, to adjust and pick up the pace of the Premier League, but he can do it.”
While UK reports claimed last week that Yedlin is set to receive his Latvian passport within a fortnight, allowing him to sidestep the usual work permit regulations which could hold up his move, it’s since been revealed that a verdict on his approval is not expected until at least mid-December.
Spurs could attempt to obtain a work permit for Yedlin even without EU citizenship, but the fact he has earned just nine international caps thus far, with most coming in friendlies, means he would have to be considered an ‘exceptional talent’ under the regulations.
In the meantime, the promising speedster will continue his bid to help his hometown club claim a historic domestic treble, with the Sounders in the hunt for a first-ever MLS Cup to add to the US Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield titles which have both been won over the past two months.