Headed to London, England to train with Tottenham! #Bocareppin— Sebastian (@Sebastian_Elney) December 3, 2014
US Under-18 international Sebastian Elney has become latest American player to link up with Tottenham Hotspur, having joined the north London club for a two-week training stint.
Aged 17, the promising striker has spent the past few months with the Philadelphia Union’s Under-18s after joining the MLS team this summer, but has been a recent target of multiple European sides in the meantime.
Having verbally committed to the University of Maryland for 2015 last month, the Florida-native could still go down the college route, but is reported to be keeping his options open at this point in light of overseas interest.
Born in New Jersey but raised in Boca Raton – the home town of compatriot Jozy Altidore - the 6ft 2in front man counts the Sunderland striker has an obvious role model, but coaches have bestowed him with more favourable comparisons to Chelsea’s Diego Costa.
With dreams of playing in the Premier League in the future, Elney has trained under US head coach and Spurs legend Jurgen Klinsmann during his time in the national team setup, and hopes to be starring for the German as soon as the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
"I really like his tactics and ideas of how he wants us to play," he told CBS12 this summer. "he's getting the job done, he's getting results.
"It's been a lifelong dream since I was a little kid. You watch old World Cup videos and want to be like them, so it's kind of surreal."
Considering the difficulties in obtaining a work permit at this stage, it isn’t thought that Elney will be following fellow American DeAndre Yedlin in making a permanent switch to Spurs any time soon, but an impressive fortnight would certainly serve to leave a lasting impression with the coaching staff at White Hart Lane.