DeAndre Yedlin is on the move, again. Tottenham officially confirmed that it has reached terms to sell the 23-year-old USMNT star for $6.6 million to Newcastle United.
We’ve reached agreement with Newcastle for the transfer of DeAndre Yedlin. We wish him all the best for the future. pic.twitter.com/IumGEDCg78
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 24, 2016
Sources indicate that Yedlin signed a five-year deal, which will keep him at Newcastle through 2021.
— DeAndre Yedlin (@yedlinny) August 24, 2016
For a kid who’s only 23, the USMNT star been around the block, arriving at his fourth major club in as many years.
He made his professional debut in 2013 with his hometown Seattle Sounders. It didn’t take long for Yedlin to differentiate himself from other young players in MLS. He was tactically and technically sound, relatively cerebral, and faster than everyone else on the field. It was clear within a year that he was destined to play in Europe.
The Sounders reached an agreement with Tottenham in mid-2014 to send DeAndre to England at the beginning of 2015. Yedlin never really found his place at Tottenham, struggling to break into a deep first team. He only played one game with Tottenham’s senior side before being sent on a season-long loan to Sunderland last year.
At Sunderland, he was able to get some quality minutes and prove he has the capacity to play in England.
Some will see his move from Tottenham to Newcastle as a step backwards, given that Newcastle is playing in the Championship this year after being relegated from the Premier League last year, but those people are wrong.
Newcastle will be promoted to the Premier League and by that time Yedlin will have established himself as their starting right back. It’s better to play in the Championship than it is to ride the bench in the Premier League, and by getting consistent minutes, Yedlin will prove that he does have the quality to start in the world’s most competitive league.
Yedlin’s going to be an important part of the USMNT for the next decade, and this move to Newcastle sets him up for success long-term. Even though he’s going from England’s first division to its second division, his future is brighter than ever.