DeAndre Yedlin got his first taste of action for Sunderland yesterday in what would ultimately end up being a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City in the Capital One Cup. We know Sunderland are not a good side and seem to be a very likely candidate for the drop this season, but players can still have good runs for bad squads.
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat, in his post-game interviews, gave a couple bits of praise for the American International and gave a very small hint at the future, albeit brief.
USA international Yedlin made his first appearance for the club following a deadline-day loan move from Tottenham Hotspur, and the right back made a notable impact going up against Raheem Sterling whilst also providing an impressive assist for Ola Toivonen’s first goal in red and white.
"Yedlin did really well for his first game," said Advocaat. "He needs to get to know the players better but I was pleased with the space he found himself in and his work rate.
"I’m not sure how he’ll figure on Saturday as Billy Jones has been one of our best players."
Yedlin had a very Yedlin-like game yesterday. He showed off his pace, was bright in attack, and chipped in with a great assist on Sunderland's lone goal but showed he is still a very raw prospect as he was caught out of position a few times, one of which ultimately lead to a goal. To be fair to Yedlin, he was primarily up against Raheem Sterling, so to get praise in that situation could mean good things in the near future.
As Advocaat said, Billy Jones is the current starting right back for Advocaat's Black Cats in the Premier League, so Yedlin will have to continue to impress every chance he gets in order to cut into playing time. Given how bad Sunderland are, one would have to believe that the 22-year-old is going to get his chances at some point.
We'll keep an eye on Yedlin for his performances, especially if he gets any chance to start over Billy Jones in Premier League action, but it looks as though Advocaat is pleased thus far and should be able to fit him into his 18-man squad.