DeAndre Yedlin Completes Move to Tottenham Hotspur
Finally, the long awaited news of DeAndre Yedlin finalizing a deal to the English Premier League team, Tottenham, has happened. Yedlin was impressive in all of his appearances during the 2014 World Cup and will likely become the next face of United States soccer. Yedlin will finish out the 2014 season with the Seattle Sounders and then officially head over to White Hart Lane in the following season. Yedlin was signed to Tottenham for a reported $4 million.
Yedlin spoke of his transfer to Tottenham he had this to say to the Spurs’ website
“I’m very excited to come to the Premier League and challenge myself against some of the best players in the world,” Yedlin said, “It’s a great team with a new coach and a style that suits the way I play. That’s a big reason I made the decision. I’ve talked to Jurgen Klinsmann a lot about this move and he supports it, which was one of the big reasons behind the decision.”
Taylor Twellman first broke the news a few weeks ago regarding Tottenham leading the sweepstakes for Yedlin and it appears that Twellman was absolutely correct. When news came out that Yedlin would make a move to Tottenham, many critics took the stage. Former United States goalkeeper, Kasey Keller, went on to say that the move to Tottenham would be a mistake for Yedlin due to Tottenham’s known reputation for turning over players. As well, Keller brought up the chance that Yedlin might not be able to access a work permit due to his lack of starts on the United States Men’s National team.
Yedlin is a great young player, only 23, Yedlin has offensive capabilities, is lightning quick and has great recovery time. Along with all these intangibles, Yedlin is versatile and can play a wing or defensive midfielder outside of the defender position. This is a good move for Tottenham but what will happen to the likes of Kyle Walker?
Walker has been linked to FC Barcelona and has the possibility of moving to Camp Nou and immediately improving the back line. Walker is a strong defender and has similar attributes to Yedlin. The Yedlin move might see Walker stay at his right back position causing Yedlin to move to the other side. However, the push for Walker has been steady by Barcelona which could see the young defender move into Spain. Yedlin will look to make an impact in England and this move is absolutely huge for soccer in the United States.
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