USMNT star DeAndre Yedlin completes £5m move to Newcastle from Spurs

US International right-back DeAndre Yedlin has completed a move to English Championship side Newcastle United for a reported fee of £5 million after making just one senior appearance for Tottenham Hotspur.

Yedlin’s move to Newcastle should guarantee him first-team football as he has replaced Dutch full-back Daryl Janmaat, who joined Watford earlier today.

The 23-year-old moved to England from the Seattle Sounders in January 2015 but struggled to force his way into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.

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A loan move to fellow Premier League side Sunderland last September saw Yedlin develop his talents under Sam Allardyce, but he was still behind Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier in the Spurs pecking order once returning to North London and so a move elsewhere makes sense.

Yedlin will have undoubtedly angered Sunderland fans with a move to fierce north-east rivals Newcastle but he is now looking to impress on a weekly basis under Rafa Benitez as the Magpies look for an immediate return to the top flight.

Yedlin made a total of 23 league appearances for Sunderland last season, and became an integral part of the team as they escaped relegation, starting all of the Black Cats’ final 13 matches.

He will now hope to build on those displays at the top end of the Championship with his new teammates, while regular playing time will also keep him at the forefront of Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT plans.

Is the move to Newcastle a good one for DeAndre Yedlin? Is he too good for the Championship?

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Stats: Could this USMNT star help keep Sunderland in the Premier League?

USA international DeAndre Yedlin started a Premier League game for the first time since early December as he helped Sunderland beat Manchester United 2-1 in their last outing on February 13.

The right-back was struggling to work his way back into the side after being dragged off after just 19 minutes of the 1-0 home defeat against Watford on December 12, but Yedlin hasn’t been fazed and hopes to retain his starting berth.

“Being a young player, it’s something I have to overcome because things like that are going to happen,” he told the BBC.

“I’ve tried to work as hard as I can and get back into the team. That’s happened and hopefully I can keep my spot. You’re going to have highs and lows, but it’s how you get through the lows.”

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The 22 year old left MLS side Seattle Sounders for Premier League club Tottenham in January 2015, where he made just one appearance before being sent on-loan to Sunderland in September 2015.

He’s since battled for a place in the side with English teammate, Billy Jones, and here is how the two have compared statistically for Sunderland in the Premier League this season.

Stats comparison: DeAndre Yedlin vs Billy Jones

Stats comparison: DeAndre Yedlin vs Billy Jones (PL 2015/16)

The numbers show that the Black Cats have a higher win percentage, as well as a lower loss percentage when Yedlin starts instead of Jones, and consequently they pick up more points-per-game with the American in the side.

Despite a respectable campaign with Sunderland so far, Yedlin may have a job on his hands if he maintains hopes of one day becoming the first-choice right-back at his parent club Spurs.

Current Tottenham right-back’s, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier, have both slightly outperformed their younger counterpart this season, as you can see from the table below.

Stats comparison: Yedlin vs Sunderland and Spurs right-back's

Stats comparison (via Squawka): Yedlin vs Sunderland and Spurs right-back’s (PL 2015/16)

Yedlin may have to consider his options come May, as a permanent deal at Sunderland or another Premier League club may be a better choice, but he says he’ll give his all whoever he plays for.

“Whatever happens, happens. That’s how my thought process has always been. Obviously if my path is with Tottenham then I’m very happy, I’m going to fight and do all that I can to help them.

“If it’s not then, whatever team I am with, I am going to fight to help them, that’s how my mind has always been,” he said.

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USA’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has also recently said how important it is for Yedlin to continue to be involved in the first-team picture at club level.

“Obviously every time he gets on the field and gets minutes, it’s huge for us,” said Klinsmann, as reported by the Sunderland Echo.

“We monitor him and talk to him, so hopefully he gets even more minutes in the upcoming weeks.

“He’s very talented obviously, but he still knows that he has a way to go and a lot to learn.”

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USMNT star joins Sunderland from Spurs on season-long loan deal

Sunderland have secured the services of young Tottenham right-back DeAndre Yedlin on a season-long loan deal today, just before Tuesday’s transfer window slammed shut in England.

Yedlin was signed by Spurs from Seattle Sounders last August but had to wait until January to complete his move to Europe. He has struggled to get any game time under Mauricio Pochettino, making just one senior appearance, and will hope a move to Sunderland will help him develop.

The Black Cats have started the season in poor form and sit bottom of the Premier League table after four matches. They have strengthened late on in the transfer window, however, and Dick Advocaat will hope to turn things around from here on in.

Yedlin has made 23 appearances for the US Men’s National Team over the past two years and is a part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Peru and Brazil.

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He will then return to England to team up with his new Sunderland teammates ahead of their next Premier League game against, would you believe it, Tottenham.

Spurs have surely implemented the usual loan clause that will not allow the pacey 22-year-old defender to face his parent club and so his debut will likely come in the away clash with AFC Bournemouth on September 19.

Many have questioned whether Yedlin will be able to shine in the Premier League as he did in MLS before joining Spurs, but he is sure to answer many of the questions as a part of a Sunderland defence that has conceded ten goals in four matches – more than any other top flight side.

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Spurs man puts pressure on Pochettino ahead of next season

Former Seattle Sounders star DeAndre Yedlin has seen little playing time at Tottenham Hotspur so far but admits the club’s post-season tour has been great for him.

Yedlin, 21, has every intention to break into the Spurs squad next season, which will give Mauricio Pochettino selection headaches, as he has more than one option at right-back.

“It’s been an interesting first few months here for me and I see it as a very positive time,” Yedlin told Spurs’ official website. “Obviously I came here to play but I came to learn as well and these six months have been great, I’ve really learnt a lot already.

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“But I’m already excited about next year. It will be a clean slate when we come back, so hopefully I will do well during the international break and I’ll come back flying next season.”

Yedlin made his first appearance for Spurs in their home loss against Aston Villa at the tail end of the 2014/15 Premier League season, but featured more prominently in their recent post-season tour of Malaysia and Australia.

“It’s been a great chance to bond with the team, to see a different side to the players and get to see different cities and cultures.

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“It was really enjoyable to be out here and great to play in both matches. There was a real sense of excitement in the crowds at both matches, it took me back to the feeling we had playing the World Cup in Brazil last summer. It was special.”

Yedlin has high hopes for the coming Premier League season and he will be expecting to feature more as he continues to adapt to the English game. His pace and power give him the ideal qualities to play down the right-hand side and we can expect to see those qualities in the Gold Cup if he is selected for the US Men’s National Team.

The USMNT look to defend their CONCACAF Gold Cup title on home soil in July. Yedlin could potentially face Honduras, Haita and Panama in the group stage of the competition.

Will we see more of Yedlin next season and will he be an asset for Spurs?

Former Sounders star in trouble as Spurs linked with £3.5m defender

Former Seattle Sounders star, DeAndre Yedlin, could find himself further down the pecking order at Tottenham Hotspur as they are interested in Burnley‘s Kieran Trippier, according to the Telegraph.

Yedlin, who linked up with Spurs in January 2015, signed a four-year deal in August 2014, and has made just one Premier League appearance. The 21-year-old speedster could see his playing time further limited if Spurs sign Trippier.

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The US international can be used as a winger, but his preferred and arguably best position is at right-back. With Spurs looking to add Trippier to their squad, Yedlin would be one of four right-back options at the club and he has next to no Premier League experience.

At this moment in time a loan away from Spurs could be a good move for Yedlin as his playing time looks as if it will be limited. If he can gain some Premier League experience he has a chance of showing why Spurs wanted to bring him to the club.

Yedlin will hope to impress Pochettino in Spurs’ pre-season and he will more than likely be called up for the US Men’s National Team squad for the upcoming Gold Cup.

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DeAndre Yedlin targeting first team after learning from Spurs star

Former Seattle Sounders full-back DeAndre Yedlin thinks he can break into the Tottenham first team by following everything first-choice right-back Kyle Walker does.

The pacy 21-year-old joined Spurs in January and is hoping to break into the first team, having yet to have made an appearance, but admits he is a similar option for manager Mauricio Pochettino to consider.

“I think Kyle and I are similar players — a lot of people say that. I pay attention to a lot of what he does, not only on the field but off it, too,” Yedlin told the London Evening Standard.

“What time he gets in to training, what time he leaves, what kind of stuff he eats, how long he is in the gym and what his training habits are.”

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Yedlin stated that Walker has helped him to settle into the club and the USMNT star is relishing every moment of his time with Spurs so far.

“He’s been my closest friend at the club. He’s been excellent and I’m fortunate to be able to work with him.”

Yedlin is having to be patient at Spurs and it has been reported that Pochettino hasn’t got plans to use him this season. But he certainly possesses the qualities to replicate Kyle Walker, as we saw at the World Cup in 2014, and we can expect him to be competing for a full-back role next campaign.

A loan move to another English club is a possibility to get Yedlin playing regular football as sitting out of action for long periods of time is not doing his development any favours.

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Mauricio Pochettino reiterates Spurs “expect much” from Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin has yet to make a first-team appearance with Tottenham since officially joining the club at the start of January but Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he is still very much part of the club’s plans going forward.

Yedlin quite literally burst onto the scene with the US Men’s National Team at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil as he made three appearances and those displays prompted Spurs to splash out £2.5 million for his services.

At just 21, the former Seattle Sounders right-back has a long time to improve his game, and Pochettino has revealed that it will take time to ensure he is ready for action with Tottenham when he eventually makes his debut.

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“DeAndre only recently arrived in London, and like all young players needs to go through an adaption period, where he gets to know a new way and new culture,” the head coach told FutbolMLS.com.

“We have to work this transition carefully and slowly, giving him the necessary time to be able to acclimate on and off the field. Then, he will be able to show off his qualities.

“But it’s obvious that if he’s here, it’s because we expect much from him.”

Yedlin was named as US Soccer’s Young Athlete of the Year for 2014 and is a player blessed with pace and stamina, something that will serve him well under Pochettino’s system at Spurs.

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He still has some faults in his game, especially when defending one-on-one at the back, but Spurs recognise the enormous potential that Yedlin possesses and he shouldn’t have to wait too long for his debut.

“We knew he was a player with lots of potential, who’s already done some interesting things in MLS and has additionally played in the last World Cup,” Pochettino said. “That’s why we decided to bring him over sooner, and to begin working with him little by little.”

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DeAndre Yedlin reveals fitness the reason behind lack of chances at Spurs

DeAndre Yedlin has revealed that his fitness is the reason behind his lack of chances at Spurs so far, but he is staying positive and looking forward to playing for the US Men’s National Team this week.

Yedlin completed his switch from the Seattle Sounders to the Premier League with Spurs at the start of January, but has only played 60 minutes for the Tottenham under-21’s to this point.

The 21-year-old right-back was a late call up to Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man training camp for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Panama, but he is relishing the chance to get some minutes under his belt.

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“I think at the time with Spurs I’m obviously just training and not getting a ton of games because I still need to get my fitness up,” Yedlin told USsoccer.com.

“But I think it allowed me to get time with the National Team, which is always good, and hopefully get some games in. Game fitness is obviously the most important thing, so I think they saw a positive in it, I saw positive in it, and this will work out for everyone.”

Yedlin will face huge competition for places under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs and will have to dislodge Kyle Walker to become the club’s first-choice right-back in the world’s most exciting league.

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But that is not something Yedlin is worrying about just yet and the young USMNT star is looking ahead to another successful year with Jurgen Klinsmann and the National Team.

“It’s been great. I have just been introduced to the club, to the fans and had a chance to experience the incredible atmosphere at home games,” Yedlin said about his new situation at Spurs.

“It’s really just right now working on getting that preseason rust off, then hopefully getting into form to where I can play. In the meantime, I’m thrilled to back in with the National Team. We have a huge year coming up, and I want to be a part of it as much as possible.”

Yedlin will expect to add to his ten international caps against Chile on Wednesday night but his long-term focus is to become a first-team star in north London with Tottenham Hotspur.

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DeAndre Yedlin joins US Men’s National Team for upcoming friendlies

New Spurs arrival DeAndre Yedlin will have to wait at least another two weeks before making his first-team debut for his new club as he has been called up to the US Men’s National Team ahead of their two friendlies against Chile and Panama.

The 21-year-old right-back has been with Spurs since the start of January but has only seen 60 minutes of action for the Tottenham under-21 side so far.

Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to add the former Seattle Sounders star to his 22-man USMNT squad for the upcoming friendlies against Chile on Wednesday and Panama on Sunday, February 8.

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That means Yedlin won’t be available to play for Spurs in their League Cup semi-final against Sheffield United on Wednesday, while he will also miss Premier League games against West Brom and Arsenal.

Klinsmann has decided to call up a mixture of young players with the usual names in his 23-man squad and only nine in the camp went to the World Cup last summer.

LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes has been involved in his first camp appearance for the USMNT, and 14 MLS clubs have players in the squad.

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Klinsmann will be hoping for improvement despite the rotation as an incredible 2014 for the National Team ended in poor form as they lost their last two games of the year against Colombia and the Republic of Ireland.

Yedlin is one of only two European-based players in the squad, joining 1860 Munich forward Bobby Wood and the pacey right-back will look to add to his ten caps for the USMNT in what will be a tricky game against Chile.

Full 23-man USMNT squad for upcoming friendlies:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (DC United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (DC United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

PHOTOS: DeAndre Yedlin trains with Spurs for the first time

DeAndre Yedlin has completed his first training session with Tottenham Hotspur since arriving at the club following his move from the Seattle Sounders.

The deal was agreed back in August but Yedlin was loaned back to Seattle for the end of the 2014 MLS campaign. But he has now joined up with Mauricio Pochettino’s squad and was seen in training for the first time today.

The 21-year-old USMNT star will wear the number 12 shirt for Spurs and will look forward to making his debut, which could come sooner than he expects.

That’s because Spurs still have as many as seven more games to play before the end of the month with an FA Cup replay and a possible fourth round tie, plus three more Premier League games and a two-legged League Cup semi-final against Sheffield United.

The last few months will have felt like a dream for Yedlin who burst onto the scene at the World Cup in Brazil, and he now finds himself in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur.

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“It all happened so fast,” he said after his monumental rise. “I was just talking about how I wish I could go back and re-live some of those experiences now.

“These are moments that will stay with me forever. Overall, as a team, we had a pretty good World Cup. I think we definitely could have done better but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I grew a lot as a player there.”

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