DeAndre Yedlin’s career path has been on a meteoric rise since his impressive showing at the World Cup, and Tottenham Hotspur’s new arrival has admitted that even he himself has been surprised at how fast things have progressed in recent months.
Considered one of the USA’s top prospects, Yedlin sealed a £2.5 million move to Spurs in August after just one full professional season with the Seattle Sounders, having gone from the college level to a two-time MLS All-Star and international standout in the space of just 18 months.
After remaining in the States for the remainder of the 2014 season, the right-back has now made the permanent switch to White Hart Lane and believes that his time in Brazil this summer, where he faced the likes of Chelsea star Eden Hazard, has made him more prepared for the rigours of Premier League football.
It all just happened so fast,” he told FIFA.com. “I was just talking about how I wish I could go back and re-live some of those experiences now.
“These are moments that will stay with me forever. Overall, as a team, we had a pretty good World Cup. I think we definitely could have done better but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I grew a lot as a player there.”
Yedlin, 21, now faces a tough tasking in breaking into the Spurs first-team, but his new boss Mauricio Pochettino is confident that the promising speedster has all the tools to succeed in the English top-flight in the long-run.
“He’s a young player with great potential who has already achieved a lot,” the Argentine said.
“It’s important for his development that he is given the time to adapt to his new surroundings on and off the pitch.”