Keller advises Yedlin against Tottenham move

The former Spurs goalkeeper feels the United States youngster would struggle for first-team action at White Hart Lane, before suggesting a work permit application would fail
By Keith Hickey

Kasey Keller has questioned Tottenham's reported interest in Seattle Sounders full-back DeAndre Yedlin, suggesting that the player's development could stall without regular first-team action.

The defender, who was one of the breakout stars of the World Cup for the United States, is rumoured to have attracted interest from the Premier League side.

But the former goalkeeper, who spent four years at White Hart Lane, feels a move to Tottenham could backfire for the player and questioned whether a work permit would even be sanctioned for any transfer.

"Spurs is a tricky place to play," Keller told Goal. "They're a team that has a lot of turnover in players. Spurs are a team that has the money, and they are always looking for a bargain, but it's a tough place to go.

"I just want to see young American players play regularly, week in and week out. If that's at Tottenham, great. But if it's not, then it's not the right move. It's hard to develop if you don't play.

"I'm not sure DeAndre would even qualify for a work permit. He's never started a game for the national team, [England] is a tough place to get a work permit.

"My guess would be that if Tottenham is in the race, it would be to sign DeAndre and loan him out somewhere."