Year at Sunderland has Yedlin comfortable in the back: “Something that I’ve never felt before”

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When DeAndre Yedlin left the comfort of Major League Soccer for life at Tottenham Hotspur, many rued the risk to his development.

After all, what if he couldn’t find his way in the Premier League? What if he had to, gasp, go on loan to find playing time?

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It turns out the youngster did have to leave White Hart Lane to find normal minutes, and it wasn’t always a smooth ride at Sunderland. But once an injury to Billy Jones forced Sam Allardyce to use Yedlin, the 22-year-old found himself thriving, even playing the safety-clinching ball to Jermain Defoe.

It’s all part of a wide-ranging interview with’s Ives Galarcep:

“Defensively I feel very comfortable, which is something that I’ve never felt before,” Yedlin said. “Obviously with the national team it’s a bit different because you’re expected to attack a little bit more than with Sunderland.

“It’s finally clicked in my head for some reason. It seems like It’d be easy, an easy thing to get, but it’s finally clicked and things are going smoothly.”

Players take different paths to development, and it will be fascinating to see whether Yedlin needs to get another loan next season given Spurs’ depth at fullback.

In any event, feel free to consider Yedlin’s Transatlantic move a success. Now, let’s see how he looks in red, white and pale blue this summer.