One of the U.S. national teams’ stars of the summer could soon be suiting up for Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
Reports from various outlets suggest Spurs are closing in on Seattle Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin and hope to have the deal completed in the next few days.
Goal.com believe that Yedlin will play out the remainder of the 2014 Major League Soccer season with Seattle and then move to the Premier League in January. Yedlin was not present at Sounders practice on Friday and according to reports head coach Sigi Schmid confirmed the youngster was “overseas right now.”
Since then Adrian Hanauer has spoke about Yedlin’s trip overseas and a club spokesman confirmed to ProSoccerTalk that Yedlin is “in talks with a major European team” and that he will arrive back this week and spend the rest of this season with Seattle. ProSoccerTalk have also been in contact with Tottenham but have yet to get an official comment.
The deal for Yedlin is thought to be the largest ever fee paid for a Homegrown MLS players, as Spurs are expected to pay $4.5 million for the pacey right back. Yedlin, 21, may be loaned out to another European club to start with but it is expected that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino would give him a chance to establish himself in the first team.
Former Seattle and Tottenham ‘keeper Kasey Keller isn’t over the moon about the prospect of Yedlin following in the footsteps of Keller and Clint Dempsey as Americans to ply their trade in North London. According to the London Evening Standard, Keller believes Yedlin stick around in Seattle for the foreseeable future.
“Spurs is a tricky place to play,” Keller said. “They’re a team that has a lot of turnover in players. Spurs are a team that has the money, and they are always looking for a bargain, but it’s a tough place to go. I just want to see young American players play regularly, week in and week out. If that’s at Tottenham, great. But if it’s not, then it’s not the right move. It’s hard to develop if you don’t play. I’m not sure DeAndre would even qualify for a work permit. He’s never started a game for the national team, [England] is a tough place to get a work permit. My guess would be that if Tottenham is in the race, it would be to sign DeAndre and loan him out somewhere.”
Keller does bring up a great point. How often will Yedlin play?
Time and time again we have seen young American players move overseas and then a lack of opportunities to play have followed, stunting their development, even though their bank balance may look a lot healthier.
Yedlin could likely command a very large boost in wages from MLS after his stellar performances at the 2014 World Cup and you do have to question what he would gain at sitting on the bench at Spurs, who already have Kyle Walker locked in at right back, than staying and playing regularly for the Sounders.
Lets see how this one plays out as rumors about Yedlin’s future persist.