Right-back or right wing? On-loan Sunderland man DeAndre Yedlin discusses his best position

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The 22-year-old has joined the Black Cats on loan from Tottenham.

Sunderland new boy DeAndre Yedlin has weighed in on the debate over his best position in an interview with safc.com.

The Spurs man joined the Black Cats on transfer deadline day - on a season-long loan deal - but was unable to make his bow at the first opportunity, which saw his parent club edge victory against his new one yesterday.

Yedlin’s best position has yet to be determined and although he is traditionally viewed as a right-back, there have been calls for him to play on the wing, with some feeling his electric pace would be better utilised further forward.

His appearances for the USMNT have often seen him deployed on the right wing to great effect, but when asked about his preferred position, the 22-year old was reluctant to pick.

“I will bring hard work and effort to the team no matter what position I play and I will give it my all,” he said.

“I’ve played both right wing and right back and I can’t really say if I’m more comfortable in one or the other, but both are fun positions for me to play and I enjoy both so whichever the manager sees fit for me to play is the one I’ll play.”

The US international would have been hoping for a better start to life in England but his move to Wearside should give him a good shot at regular Premier League football.

Spurs staff will be hoping his stint in the North East can have the same effect on Yedlin as it did on Danny Rose in the 2012-13 campaign - where he was named Sunderland player of the year and returned to fight for a first-team spot at White Hart Lane the following season.

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