US international DeAndre Yedlin says he learned some valuable lessons in the 2014-15 campaign.
After featuring for the States at the 2014 World Cup finals, the 21-year-old sealed a switch to White Hart Lane from MLS outfit Seattle Sounders last August and linked up with the squad mid-way through the campaign.
He pulled on a Spurs shirt for the first time in January’s 3-1 victory at West Ham United in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League and played twice more at that level before making the senior squad for the first time on Saturday, April 11, for a Premier League clash with Aston Villa at White Hart Lane.
With the team trailing 1-0, DeAndre was handed his debut as a 79th minute substitute for Vlad Chiriches and, although we ultimately came up short against Villa, he says the chance to play top flight football in England for the first time was one he relished.
On the bench for the six remaining games of the season after that, the American completed 90 minutes in both our post-season tour matches in Malaysia and Australia and remains busy on the international scene...
Thoughts on the season overall?
It’s been an interesting first few months here for me and I see it as a very positive time. I’ve really learned a lot already and I feel like I can see my progression. At the same time I’ve been acclimatising to a new life here, so hopefully in pre-season I’ll come back feeling more settled and fully focussed on my football.
Your personal highlight of the season?
It would have to be making my debut against Aston Villa. It was an unbelievable moment and one that I will always remember.
Plans for the summer?
We’ve got a lot of football this summer with the US. We’ve had friendly matches against the Netherlands and Germany, plus the Gold Cup is coming up. But in terms of a vacation, I’ll spend a week in Seattle and then head to LA where I will start to step up my training again ahead of pre-season.
Thoughts on pre-season?
I’m excited about it! Hopefully I’ll come back fit and sharp. It will be good because I will be at the same level as everyone else when we all come back rather than coming in mid-way through the campaign as I did this year.
Hopes for next season?
To contribute to the team as much as I can and help us reach our goals. I just want to be the best player I can be and play to the best of my potential.
Look out for ‘Five questions for summer’ with Ben Davies over the weekend. Young goalkeeper Luke McGee also gives us his answers in our weekly email newsletter...