Yedlin left Tottenham when it was clear he would not be playing consistent football this season, and he has told the official Sunderland website what Jozy Altidore said to him about the Black Cats before his move.
Yedlin said: “I did [speak to Jozy Altidore before joining]. He mentioned that it was a great club – obviously in his time football-wise up here he didn’t have the best but he said it was a great club with great people.”
Altidore’s time on Wearside will go down in history, but he will be remembered in infamy rather than in positive terms, with his three goals in 52 games hardly justifying his fee or the time spent relying on him as a first-choice striker.
The 25-year-old never reached top form whilst with the Black Cats, and Sunderland fans will be hoping that the latest American to step out on Wearside enjoys a better stay in the North East.
Yedlin, 22, was unable to play this weekend for Dick Advocaat’s team, as Sunderland took on the full-back’s parent club Spurs.
However, he is available from now, and after another defeat, Advocaat could be considering changing his defence for the trip to Bouremouth next weekend.
Able to play in both defence and on the wing, Yedlin brings pace and power to the Sunderland team, as well as a desire to impress watching Tottenham scouts which should see him trying his hardest every time he takes to the field.
Signing Yedlin was a solid move by the Black Cats, and although Altidore’s career with Sunderland will go down in infamy, his willingness to recommend the club to Yedlin could be the best thing he has ever done for the Wearside outfit.