One teammate in particular has impressed the right-back on the training pitch since he arrived in England.
While DeAndre Yedlin has been at Tottenham Hotspur for just a few months, the right-back already has a good idea about which of his teammate’s are consistently putting in the extra hours at the training ground.
The England winger has been a polarising figure at White Hart Lane this season but, while his performances have split opinion among the fan base, his new teammate insists there can be little doubt about the graft he puts in off the pitch.
“Andros is definitely one that’s always staying after [training], no matter whether he’s due to play or not,” he said. “He definitely has a lot of energy as well.”
Yedlin himself has been putting the work in at the training ground in recent weeks, as he battles to break into the first-team setup following his £2.5 million move from the Seattle Sounders.
Having remained with his hometown club until the end of the 2014 MLS season after a deal was agreed in August, the 13-times capped defender made the long-awaited switch across the Atlantic this winter, but things have so far been slow-going.
Still to make his senior bow three months in, the promising speedster has also seen a knee sprain picked up in the USA’s 2-0 win over Panama last month restrict him to just two starts for the club’s Under-21s, but he’s now feeling 100 per cent and eager to impress once he returns from international duty.
“It’s been very good,” he added. “I’m living in Hampstead, which is a beautiful area.
“All my teammates have been great. They’ve welcomed me with open arms. The coaching staff have been great, the training facilities are unbelievable and I’m looking forward to getting my first game.
“As good as it is to hear that people have high expectations for me, I know what to expect from myself and, if I do that, keep my head down and work hard, then I’ll eventually get there.
“Hopefully I’ll have a long career here and do what I can to help the club reach its goals.”