DeAndre Yedlin has capitalized on a strong World Cup showing by completing a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, the team announced:
We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Seattle Sounders for the transfer of DeAndre Yedlin. pic.twitter.com/nfBTmI96Kv— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 13, 2014
Ives Galarcep of Goal.com provides comments from Yedlin:
I always hoped and dreamed that this would happen, but I never expected it to happen this soon.
It's all been kind of crazy, and there’s never really been time to look back. It’s one of those things you just have to take whatever comes at you and move on to the next thing.
The 21-year-old right-back has been a key member of the Seattle Sounders squad since joining in 2013 as a homegrown talent. Jurgen Klinsmann recognized his form ahead of this summer's World Cup, which earned Yedlin a place on the United States plane to Brazil.
Yedlin performed well during bit-part performances in South America, where he was able to shine in three appearances off the bench. He came on as a late sub against Portugal and Germany in the group stage but was needed early against Belgium when Fabian Johnson went down with an injury.
This match was a bit of a coming-out party for the young defender, who was able to make quality runs and add incision to his side's play. Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated was impressed with the performance:
DeAndre Yedlin is coming of age awfully fast.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 1, 2014
Galarcep also notes how quickly Yedlin was able to improve on the big stage:
DeAndre Yedlin is 20 folks. He was playing college soccer 19 months ago and now he's shining in a World Cup knockout round match. Impressive— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) July 1, 2014
Yedlin's solid performances at the World Cup also gave him confidence to succeed against top talent, as he explained to Bleacher Report:
[World-class players like Hazard] have their strengths, but they also have their weaknesses, and you just figure out how to exploit those weaknesses and that’s what I try to do. There are things you have to look at with those world-class players, but at the end of the day, they’re not superheroes. They’re still human.
With the move to Tottenham confirmed, the full-back will be able to continue improving against top competition and truly maximise his potential. This experience will only help the national team in the future.
American stars such as Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey have performed well in the Premier League in recent years, something Yedlin will strive to replicate.
Spurs are getting a quality young player who has the potential to establish a long and successful career abroad. The North London side finished sixth in the division last season and will be hoping to challenge for a spot in the Champions League when Mauricio Pochettino's competitive spell as boss kicks off.
Even with Kyle Walker settling in at right-back, there will be plenty of chances for Yedlin to get onto the pitch and prove his value over the course of the season.
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