KENYA BROWN - Thursday, December 25, 2014
Christmas will come early in North London as United States international DeAndre Yedlin will join English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in January, the team announced on Tuesday.
Spurs had reached an agreement with Major League Soccer side the Seattle Sounders in August to sign the 21-year-old, but it was originally planned for him to join the team in August 2015. According to reports, Yedlin has obtained his work permit which will allow for his transfer to go through in time for the second half of the current season.
The former University of Akron Zip is coming off a stellar year for club and country. He helped the Sounders to win the Western Conference title and Supporter's Shield as well as the U.S. Open Cup. However, he and the team would come up short for the chance at a treble as they lost to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Western Conference final.
It was at the World Cup in Brazil where Yedlin was noticed from suitors in Europe as he provided a spark off the bench for the U.S. national team.
His performances earned him the U.S. Young Male Athlete of the Year honor earlier this month.
Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino told the team's official website that he is looking forward to seeing Yedlin in action at White Hart Lane.
"DeAndre is a young player with great potential who has already achieved a lot in Major League Soccer," he said. "It is important for his development that he is given the time to adapt to his new surroundings both on and off the pitch and we believe that by coming to us in January it will give him the best opportunity to do so."
While Yedlin makes his big move to England, he will face stiff competition for playing time in the right back position as Kyle Naughton, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Vlad Chiriches have all seen their fair share of time on the field.
Spurs currently sit in seventh place in the standings.