DeAndre Yedlin has moved North in his quest for Premier League action, as the Tottenham Hotspur and USMNT winger is headed to join Sunderland on a season-long loan at the Stadium of Light.
Yedlin, 22, can play wing or right back, and it will be interesting to see at which position the Black Cats introduce him to the public. He will join American prospect Lynden Gooch on the Sunderland squad, where Jozy Altidore spent a tumultuous season-and-a-half.
The former Seattle Sounders and University of Akron standout had the following to say about Sunderland after arriving from Spurs.
“I’ve heard fantastic things about Sunderland and the supporters from Claudio Reyna and Jozy Altidore,” Yedlin said. “Claudio speaks very highly of Dick Advocaat from his time at Rangers.”
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Sunderland has Billy Jones and newly-signed Celtic transfer Adam Matthews at right back, and some options at right wing, where it seems Yedlin would have a better chance of gaining playing time.
The struggling squad has added Fabio Borini late in the transfer window as well, and will hope the pair can do big things with teammates Jermain Defoe and Jeremain Lens.
Hard to believe it’s been just four years since Yedlin was a freshman at Akron, and now has more national team caps (23) than years on this Earth.