DeAndre Yedlin was one of the breakout performers of the 2014 World Cup, and according to reports from Italy, the American full-back will see his efforts rewarded with a transfer move to AS Roma.
The 20-year-old defender will reportedly spend next season on loan with current club the Seattle Sounders, with his rights belonging to the Giallorossi, per La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t to Football Italia).
StatsBomb's Ted Knutson loves the idea:
Welp, guess teams aren't waiting until January to BUY Yedlin, just to bring him into the fold. Roma a great incubator. Positive move.— Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) July 6, 2014
Yedlin impressed with his pace and composure during the USA's round-of-16 loss against Belgium, showing no nerves whatsoever as he came off the bench to replace the injured Fabian Johnson.
The youngster has all the physical tools to be a great two-way player at the full-back position, but he is still very raw and needs to develop his defensive technique in order to make a positive impact in the European game.
Another season with Seattle will give him precious minutes and experience Roma could not provide Yedlin with at the moment, and his development can be reassessed at the end of the next campaign.
Kristan Heneage of ITV believes training with the Roman outfit could be great for the player's development at some point in the future:
Bear in mind Roma are talking to Ashley Cole too, imagine what just training with him will do for Yedlin. #USMNT— Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) July 6, 2014
It now appears Roma have jumped the queue and come to an agreement with Seattle, perhaps aided by the fact that the team's majority shareholders are American. Yedlin will help enhance the Roma brand overseas, something the club has been working on strongly in the past few years.
American fans shouldn't expect Yedlin to challenge for a spot in the Italians' starting XI anytime soon, as Roma have one of the youngest and most exciting squads in all of Serie A and are looking to contend for the Italian title next year.
Yedlin still needs to grow as a player before he can contribute to such a title push, and the loan move back to Seattle will help him do just that.