New Sunderland signing DeAndre Yedlin will immediately begin his maiden trip to the North East after the USA’s friendly against Brazil on Tuesday.
Yedlin agreed to a season-long loan switch to Sunderland on deadline day last week, without even visiting the Academy of Light.
I just want to get back on the field and get back in the grooveDeAndre Yedlin
The right-back was already with the USA squad on the other side of the Atlantic when Sunderland approached his parent club Spurs, with the paperwork on the deal finalised via fax.
Yedlin will be ineligible to play when Sunderland return to action against Spurs on Saturday, but he is due to link up with his new team-mates by the end of the week after the USA’s clash against Brazil, in Massachusetts.
“I’ll head over after the Brazil game,” he said.
“I’m very excited to join. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the club after talking to a few guys who’ve played there.
“They’ve only had good things to say. I’m looking forward to it.
“I can’t play in the first game against Tottenham.
“But I’ve seen some of their matches, I’ve done a bit of research on the team, the club, the history and a bit about the city.”
Sunderland moved for Yedlin on a season-long loan after full-backs Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt have both struggled in the opening four Premier League games, while Adam Matthews faces six weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury.
Yedlin has been limited to just a solitary Premier League appearance for Spurs since linking up with them in January, following a move from MLS outfit Seattle Sounders.
But his chances should be improved at Sunderland, where he is well aware that the Premier League’s basement boys will need to battle for every point.
He added: “It’s an opportunity to play. The last seven months I haven’t had a lot of playing time.
“I just want to get back on the field and get back in the groove.
“Obviously, Sunderland are at the bottom of the table right now, so every game is a fight and every training session needs to be fully focused.
“But I hope I can do my best for the team.”