After months of wondering where DeAndre Yedlin would spend the 2015-16 season we finally have an answer. The United States international is staying in the Premier League and going on loan to Sunderland for the rest of the season, the clubs announced today.
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The 22-year-old joins the Black Cats after a summer of uncertainty. With Tottenham Hotspur signing another right back, it was obvious Yedlin had no place with the Spurs first team.
Many clubs from all over Europe were interested in bringing in the sometimes right back/sometimes winger on loan. Spurs reportedly rejected loan offers from the Bundesliga and Eredivisie.
Many American fans are familiar with Sunderland from Jozy Altidore's time at the club. It was a horrid two years for Jozy there and it left a bad taste in many USMNT fans mouths. However, it's important to realize that strikers in the Premier League have it extremely difficult. Especially with clubs at the bottom of the table.
Sunderland have a good track record of developing young talent. One direct comparision you can make is Tottenham's Danny Rose, who joined SAFC on loan in 2012 and flourished at the Stadium of Light. In turn he's become a very steady Premier League fullback for Spurs.
It's important not to jump to conclusions just because of one negative experience. Yedlin will most definitely get opportunities at Sunderland. It's up to him to perform up to his potential and grow as a player.
Yedlin is currently with the USMNT preparing for friendlies against Peru and Brazil. He will join up with his new club afterwards.