Sunderland defender Jones comments on arrival of Spurs' Yedlin

The Black Cats now possess three strong options at right back for the coming season after US international joined on loan.

Sunderland defender Billy Jones has been discussing the arrival of Tottenham fullback DeAndre Yedlin this summer on the club's website, with the loanee one of two right backs the club have signed to put pressure on the former West Brom man, alongside Adam Matthews.

The rapid 22-year-old is highly thought of at Spurs after an impressive World Cup in Brazil last summer with the United States team, and he will be eager to claim a spot in Dick Advocaat's side as soon as he can.

Despite the threat to his position as first choice, his new teammate Jones welcomed the competition as the Black Cats look to add to their single point in the Premier League.

“I think it’s great,” he told the Sunderland website regarding Yedlin's arrival.

“As a Premier League squad you need two players for each position and we’ve got four full-backs, four centre-halves, so eight people competing for four positions. It’s competition for places, it’s great and it keeps you pushing on.

“You know that if you’ve got the shirt for now, you may not have it if you don’t keep your standards high.”

Yedlin is unavailable to make his Premier League debut this weekend because his new side is hosting his parent club, and his ties may be a little bit split on who he wants to win with both outfits searching for their first victory of the season. The US international would certainly not want to be involved in a side scrapping against relegation all season but likewise, he would want Spurs to do as well as possible this season with the possibility he could be playing Champions League football once he comes back to White Hart Lane still the target for the North Londoners.

Jones has started each of the Black Cats' Premier League games so far this season, and will likely do the same in Yedlin's absence, with Matthews providing backup from the bench.

He is set to come up against another player with Sunderland connections in Danny Rose on Tottenham's left flank. The 25-year-old impressed at the Wearside club in a loan spell a few years ago, and has gone on to establish himself as one of the best fullbacks in the country since then.

Spurs and Sunderland fans will certainly be hoping Yedlin can have a similar positive impact during his time at the club.

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