Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin is hopeful of belatedly starting his career in north London next season after failing to make an impression since his January move from Seattle Sounders.
After being awarded a work permit, Spurs brought Yedlin's arrival forward by six months to give the 21-year-old extra time to adapt to life in England ahead of a more prominent role from the start of the 2015/16 season.
However, on the field Yedlin has not made a single start for Tottenham this season despite the January sale of Kyle Naughton and injury to Kyle Walker, with a single appearance coming in the Premier League defeat to Aston Villa on 11 April.
Yedlin has been frustrated by the slow start to his Tottenham career and promises he will make a more telling impact from the beginning of next term.
"Everywhere I've been, I'd say I've adjusted pretty quickly, but this is taking me a little bit longer," Yedlin told Bleacher Report.
"Of course you want to just get in there and play. But I think in the long run, it is better that they have been patient with me, and it's better that they've allowed me to adapt to life here. The fans just see what's going on, on the field, but there's a lot more that goes into it behind the scenes. It's good that I've been given a certain amount of time to adjust. [Earning a work permit in January] gave me a foundation to adapt and now hopefully, going into next season, I will be fully adjusted and ready to go."
Yedlin was one of the stars of the United States team which reached the last 16 of the World Cup, with his marauding runs from full-back a fabric of Jurgen Klinsmann's attack-minded team.
However, the ex-Seattle defender admits he almost pulled the plug on a move to Tottenham due to his emotional connection with his home city.
"I wanted to do it on my own, do it that way," Yedlin reflects. "[Staying] definitely entered my mind. Seattle was good for me. I was very comfortable there—not comfortable in terms of it was too easy, but I was at home, I was with my family and friends. It was a great life. I was home.
"But I think, for me, when I get too comfortable with the lifestyle and everything, I feel that my performances, my focus can go down. I wanted to really challenge myself, and now I'm here. I'm living by myself, [and] I have to make new friends. So that part has been a challenge for me, but it'll be good in the long run."