It's been a trying season for DeAndre Yedlin while on loan at lowly Sunderland. The American has had some poor performances and has even drawn some slight criticism from his manager over his lack of experience. Despite all of that he's clawed his way back into the starting lineup over the past few weeks and has taken advantage of the opportunity.
Yedlin was credited with his first ever Premier League assist in the Black Cats match with Crystal Palace on Tuesday. While it wasn't an amazing pass by any means, it got the job done. Here's a clip to see for yourself:
GOAL: SUNDERLAND 2 - 2 CRYSTAL PALACE. BORINI 90' What an equalizer! smashed it in the last minute! pic.twitter.com/01EkrYXtDe— Live Goals (@LiveGoalVids) March 1, 2016
It's not his first assist in England as he had one other helper against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup in September.
Beyond the assist, Yedlin is being praised for his overall performance in the match. ESPNFC gave him a 7 in their match ratings and called it his best performance in a Sunderland shirt.
DF DeAndre Yedlin, 7 -- This may have been the best display in Sunderland colours for the on-loan Spurs defender. He had a key role in both Sunderland goals, moved forward well and defended dutifully, if occasionally let down by poor final balls.
The youngster has been tested this season with turmoil and adversity and appears to be holding up just fine which is great news for his overall development as a soccer player. Jurgen Klinsmann has to be pleased that one of his top young players is overcoming the difficulties of Europe and making the best out of a bad situation. This will only help him as a USMNT player in the long run.