DeAndre Yedlin is hoping that his brief stint with the US national team will stand him in good stead for when he returns to Tottenham.
DeAndre Yedlin hasn’t seen a minute of action for Tottenham Hotspur’s first-team since arriving at the club earlier this month, but the promising right-back has stressed in an interview with US Soccer that there is no reason to be concerned.
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 clubs.
Having now made the permanent switch across the Atlantic, the US international has been attempting to acclimatise to his new surroundings in recent weeks but, in the meantime, has been allowed to join up with the national team for Wednesday’s friendly in Chile.
Speaking about his start to life in north London and the club’s decision to let him travel, the 10-times capped defender said: “I think at the time with Spurs I’m obviously just training and not getting a ton of games because I still need to get my fitness up.
“But I think it allowed me to get time with the national team, which is always good, and hopefully get some games in. Game fitness is obviously the most important thing, so I think they saw a positive in it, I saw positive in it, and this will work out for everyone.
“It’s been great. I have just been introduced to the club, to the fans and had a chance to experience the incredible atmosphere at home games,” he continued on Spurs. “It’s really just right now working on getting that preseason rust off, then hopefully getting into form to where I can play.
“In the meantime, I’m thrilled to back in with the National Team. We have a huge year coming up, and I want to be a part of it as much as possible.”
US head coach and Spurs legend Jurgen Klinsmann, who was instrumental in Yedlin’s move to White Hart Lane, added: “Obviously, he’s not in the first 18 yet in Tottenham. I follow that, I’m in touch with the club.
“We have two friendlies and it might be a good idea to help him get in games and then prepare him back for Tottenham.”
Yedlin faces a tough task unseating incumbent right-back Kyle Walker at Spurs moving forward, but his path to the senior squad has been made somewhat easier with the recent sale of Kyle Naughton to Swansea.
In addition, having featured in midfield for the US in the past, it could be the case that boss Mauricio Pochettino opts to ease him into his plans through a more advanced role to begin with.