After weeks of contemplating, Deandre Yedlin has finally decided to take his talents to the English Premier League.
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Taylor Twellman announced on his official twitter page that the 21-year-old right back has joined Tottenham Hotspur $4 million. Twellman also confirmed that Yedlin will see out the 2014 MLS season with the Seattle Sounders.
DeAndre Yedlin transfer Tottenham is done and finalized at $4 million. He will remain with Seattle for 2014 at least. #Sounders
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) August 13, 2014
Yedlin became one of the most sought-after players in the world after his three substitute cameos at the 2014 World Cup. The Seattle native’s energy and multiple offensive endeavors in Brazil made him a high-priority target for multiple European clubs that
where looking to improve his skill set.
At one point, there were reports that Yedlin had joined Italian giant AS Roma, but those appear to be false because of the latest news.
It became clear that the EPL was Yedlin’s next destination when he flew to England and Seattle’s general manager Adrian Hanauer said both parties were “working toward a potential transaction.”
Due to the level of competition and Tottenham’s track record with young talents, legendary American goalkeeper and ESPN’s pundit Kasey Keller wasn’t too fond of Yedlin’s imminent move to North London.
“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 get to situations where they’re going to 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.”
Kasey, who was a Tottenham player from 2001-2005, also said that the English FA might not grant Yedling a work permit because he has never started a game for the US.
“I’m not sure DeAndre would even qualify for a work permit,” Keller said. “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.” (Quote via Goal.com’s Keith Hickey).
Even though Yedlin is one of the biggest names in MLS, the right back’s exit shouldn’t really affect the Sounders. During his two seasons in MLS, Yedlin wasn’t a scoring threat. He only scored one goal in 44 appearances.
Yedlin also struggled defensively, sometimes. The young and brisk defender was caught out of position on several occasions and he also let attackers run right by him because he was ball-watching.
If Yedlin packed his bags and moved to England today, Jalil Anibaba would slot right into the right back position. The 25-year-old excelled in that position during his three seasons with the Chicago Fire.
However, the Sounders supporters will miss watching the first Homegrown Player in club history. His flamboyant hairstyles, fantastic personality and willingness to reach for the sky made it easy to love and adore him.
Now that his move to Tottenham is complete, Seattle’s supporters should cherish their final moments with Yedlin.
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