When DeAndre Yedlin will make his permanent move to Tottenham Hotspur has been unclear ever since the Seattle Sounders right-back signed with the north London club this summer, but now it looks like we might have an answer.
Adrian: "He [DeAndre Yedlin] is anticipated to be heading over to Tottenham the middle to end of December."— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) December 4, 2014
Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer revealed during the MLS side’s end-of-season media session that the US international is expected to receive his UK work permit in the coming weeks, before heading over to England in mid-to-late December to begin his Premier League career.
Seattle agreed to sell Yedlin to Tottenham on August 13 for around £2.5 million following his impressive World Cup cameos, on condition that he would return to the US for the duration of the 2014 MLS season.
Both sides have since remained tight-lipped on whether he would join Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the winter or summer of 2015, with the Seattle-native himself left in the dark over recent months.
With just 10 international caps to his name, it has remained unclear whether a work permit appeal would even prove successful, prompting him in the meantime to work towards acquiring a Latvian passport, which he is eligible for through his grandmother.
While it is still unknown whether Yedlin is set to receive that documentation based on merit, or in fact obtained EU citizenship, his arrival at White Hart Lane appears to be imminent, regardless.
Aged just 21, the promising speedster still has a lot of growth ahead of him but, coming off a successful campaign in which he helped the Sounders win both the US Open Cup and their first-ever Supporters’ Shield, he has continued to reiterate that he feels prepared.
“I feel I'm ready wherever I'm put,” he said last month when in London for the USA’s match against Colombia at Craven Cottage.
“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.”
With Kyle Walker returning to first-team action in the coming weeks from his long-term pelvic injury, Yedlin will have his work cut out for minutes, but his rapid progress over the past 18 months suggests he has a good chance of developing into a Spurs standout in due time.