Yedlin clears up Tottenham arrival rumours, discusses defence

DeAndre Yedlin is prepared for his Tottenham Hotspur move but, despite his recent visit to White Hart Lane, is still in the dark about his arrival date.

Despite his recent trip across the Atlantic, Seattle Sounders right-back DeAndre Yedlin is still no clearer on when he’ll make the permanent move to Tottenham Hotspur.

After sealing a £2.5 million future switch to Spurs in August, the US international was in England last week with Jurgen Klinsmann’s side taking on Colombia at Craven Cottage, and even trained at the club’s facilities.

Combined with recent reports that he is set to receive his Latvian passport this month, allowing him to sidestep the usual work permit regulations which could hold up his move, things appeared to be lining up for a potential winter rather than summer arrival at White Hart Lane.

However, having now returned to Seattle to prepare for the MLS club’s upcoming Western Conference Championship play-off series against the LA Galaxy, the 10-times capped defender stresses that he neither knows of Spurs’ plans for him, nor when he might receive word on his passport approval.

“I have not [heard about the passport],” he told the Sounders’ official website. “I’m still waiting to hear from my agent. He’s dealing with that. When I hear, I’m sure it’ll all be out there.

"I'm really trying to focus on the rest of the season with Seattle but there's nothing new yet," he added. "I'm ready when the time comes but I still don't know when it'll be."

Despite being better known for his attacking contributions, Yedlin has in fact earned praise for his defensive performances in recent weeks and noted that, having been singled out as a weakness in the past, it’s an area he’s been working on to improve.

“It’s just kind of me picking my spots,” he said. “I know teams are trying to expose that area, and obviously we [Seattle] have been doing well, getting shutouts when I’ve been staying back.

“The attack is doing well. There’s no need for me to go forward unless we really need it. It’s not really my game, but it’s what I need to do to help the team win.”

That will no doubt come as encouraging news to the likes of Mauricio Pochettino but, in the meantime, Yedlin is 100% focused on helping his hometown team claim a historic domestic treble.

With the Sounders just three wins from claiming a first-ever MLS Cup, that silverware would come just months after the Pacific Northwest outfit won both the US Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield titles, setting up what could be the most successful campaign since the advent of the league.

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