Right-back DeAndre Yedlin was delighted to get his first run out in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt on Friday night after going 60 minutes in the Under-21s 3-1 victory over West Ham United at Russ Green.
Yedlin, 21, sealed a £2.5 million move from the Seattle Sounders in August following his impressive World Cup cameos, but remained in the States for the rest of the 2014 MLS season as part of the agreement between the two sides.
Having now made the permanent switch across the Atlantic, the US international trained with the club for the first time earlier this week, and admitted following his first taste of competitive action that his time at White Hart Lane so far has been a bit of a whirlwind.
“There’s been a lot going on,” he told the club’s official website. “I’m also looking for a place, getting a UK phone number, a car, not to mention driving on the other side of the road! It’s been a lot to take in but so far, so good.”
Yedlin was given somewhat of a testing introduction to English football, with his first match played in tough winter conditions, but the promising 21-year-old was pleased overall with both his performance and the result.
“It was a good win,” he said. “You have to deal with the elements, we did that and these guys are all great players.
“Any time you are part of a win it’s great, the quality was excellent and I’m looking forward to progressing and helping the team.”
It remains to be seen when Yedlin will make his first-team debut, but the former MLS star is eager to make a big impression when the time comes after receiving a warm welcome from fans across social media.
“It’s awesome to get the fans’ support,” he added. “Hopefully, whenever I get the chance, I can prove to them that I belong here.”