DeAndre Yedlin has been discussing his early career in English football and admitted that he struggled during his time at Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham agreed a deal to sign the talented American back in the summer of 2014 and he eventually joined the club in January 2015. However, it was not until April that he made his first-team debut for Spurs and things never truly got off the ground for him at White Hart Lane.
That game proved to be his only match for Spurs. A loan at Sunderland followed before leaving permanently for Newcastle United in 2016.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Mauricio Pochettino decided Yedlin was not likely to make an impact at Spurs and he was sold for £5 million.
Speaking to ESPN this week, the USMNT star has admitted his early struggles in England left him feeling ‘depressed’ but admits it helped make him a better player.
“That just goes to show that money is not everything because I was much happier making whatever I was making at MLS — which was much less than what I was making at Tottenham — but because life wasn’t giving me what I needed I was depressed.
“It was a very tough first six months for me.
“I’ve learned a lot about myself and I think I’ve learned things about myself that I definitely wouldn’t have learnt if I wouldn’t have come over here.”
Plenty of Tottenham fans were left disappointed when Yedlin left without getting much of a chance at the club.
The speedster was an exciting acquisition when he arrived at Tottenham and many felt he might be able to become a first-team option for the club.
However, Pochettino’s decision over Yedlin has not been proved incorrect in his time at Newcastle, where injuries have dented his progress.
But Yedlin has carved out a successful career at St James’ Park and it appears those tough early days at Tottenham have helped to shape his career.