Advocaat admits he doesn’t ‘know enough’ about DeAndre Yedlin following Sunderland move

DeAndre Yedlin

Sunderland signed DeAndre Yedlin on loan from Tottenham Hotspur on deadline day.

Yedlin completed a season-long loan switch from Tottenham on transfer deadline day, but Dick Advocaat has made a surprising statement concerning the USA full-back when talking to the Shields Gazette.

“I don’t know enough about him yet, to be honest,” the Dutch boss said: “I’ve seen the videos of him and we saw him against Holland, when he did really well when he came on. But you can only see in training what he can bring and if he is better than the others. He only got here on Friday, so we need to work with him more.”

That is a surprising statement for Advocaat to make, considering he signed off on the deal to bring Yedlin to the Stadium off Light without actually knowing that much about him, with the full-back having played little football for Tottenham.

Lee Congerton would have found Yedlin and started discussions regarding him in his role as director of football, but Advocaat would not have accepted the signing without understanding Yedlin’s strengths and if he fits into the Dutch boss’s tactical set-up.

Due to the international break, Yedlin only actually arrived at Sunderland on Friday, and he was forced to sit out the weekend’s fixture against parent club Spurs due to the terms of his loan agreement.

The 22-year-old does have the talent to impress for the Black Cats, and his versatility means he could play as either a full-back or winger in Advocaat’s set-up.

The head coach may not have known much about him prior to the signing, but he is sure to learn about Yedlin on the training ground, and it would come as no surprise to see the USA international taking his place in the Black Cats’ first-team before too long.

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