DeAndre Yedlin reveals advice from former Tottenham star Clint Dempsey ahead of move

DeAndre Yedlin

The American right-back received some words of encouragement from his Seattle Sounders and US teammate before making the full-time move to White Hart Lane.

DeAndre Yedlin might have failed to make his first-team bow so far for Tottenham Hotspur, but the US international has told Kick TV that he’s loved his first few months at the club.

After agreeing to a £2.5 million move to Tottenham in August, Yedlin finished up the 2014 MLS season with the Seattle Sounders, helping his hometown club win both the US Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield title.

Going on to make his much-anticipated switch to White Hart Lane at the start of the winter transfer window, the US international revealed how he looked to former Spurs ace and then-Sounders teammate Clint Dempsey for advice before heading across the Atlantic to begin the next chapter of his career.

“He said just to enjoy it,” said Yedlin. “He told me this club is one of the best. Every day is going to be a battle but that’s what you get paid for.

“Make it fun, be positive and do your best.”

Yedlin is still to get close to his senior bow since arriving at Spurs, with his action limited to two starts for the Under-21s, due in part to an ankle sprain picked up in the USA’s 2-0 win over Panama last month.

Nevertheless, the emerging right-back isn’t at all deterred at this point and insists that the settling in period has been good for his development.

“It’s been great so far,” he continued. “The last few months has been just settling in and getting to know the guys and used to other stuff, like driving on the other side of the road and different foods.”

Having also made himself known to the wider footballing world with his performance in the USA’s World Cup last-16 clash against Belgium, when he squared up against Chelsea star Eden Hazard, the 12-times capped defender believes he’ll be to the challenge of the Premier League when the call comes from Mauricio Pochettino.

“He’s a great player,” Yedlin added on Hazard. “Definitely, I was a little bit nervous going into the match but I think I did well in that game and playing against him gave me a lot of confidence going into the next steps of my career.”

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