Soon-to-be Tottenham Hotspur right-back DeAndre Yedlin has urged Spurs fans to get behind manager Mauricio Pochettino, hailing his future boss as a great tactician.
The US international sealed a £2.5 million move from the Seattle Sounders in August on the back of his impressive performances at the World Cup, but will not make the permanent switch to north London until either the winter or summer of 2015.
In the meantime, he has been keeping track of events at White Hart Lane from across the Atlantic and, despite Pochettino’s lacklustre start at the helm, insists the former Southampton boss is the right man for the job.
"He's a great coach, I've met with him a few times before I signed,” Yedlin told reporters.
"He seems to have great tactics.
"Obviously, it's not going his way so much this year but every coach needs time and I'm sure he'll turn it around."
Yedlin has in fact been getting a taste of his future surroundings this week, with the US squad recently using Spurs' training facilities to prepare for Friday’s match against Colombia at Craven Cottage.
Despite UK reports claiming last week that he is set to receive his Latvian passport which will allow him to make a potential January move, the promising 21-year-old maintains he still doesn’t know the club’s plans for his arrival, but adds that he’s well-prepared for whenever the time comes.
“I don’t know when I’m going,” he said. “I’d like to get there and help but I don’t know all the ins and outs of that process so I’m just waiting to hear what happens.
"I'm really trying to focus on my season and what I'm doing there but I have been keeping up with them [Spurs] as well - just trying to keep in touch and see how they're doing.
“I feel I'm ready wherever I'm put, I'm ready to step in, whether that's coming in and playing and challenging for a spot or coming in and having to work a little bit until I get a chance. I haven't spoken to Mauricio Pochettino but while I'm here I'll look to do that.”
In the meantime, Yedlin 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.