Advocaat hails DeAndre Yedlin's superb pace but says he has to balance his style

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The Sunderland boss has been talking about what the Tottenham Hotspur player must do to become a top full-back.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has been speaking to Chronicle Live about his recent loan addition DeAndre Yedlin.

The American right-back-cum-winger arrived from Tottenham Hotspur earlier this summer and having been unable to play against his parent club on Sunday, the 22-year-old could soon get his first game for the Black Cats.

Yedlin has only appeared once for Tottenham since signing from Seattle Sounders last season. During his time in the MLS he played 69 times, scoring three goals and providing six assists in the process, and it will be interesting to see how he settles at Sunderland.

Despite often playing on the wing for his country, it seems Advocaat sees Yedlin very much as a defender this season…and one who will have to learn to temper his attacking intent, too.

“He will definitely strengthen our options at full-back,” the Sunderland boss told Chronicle Live. “His pace is superb. It’s all about balance with the full-backs, between going forwards and staying back.”

That is something Yedlin will learn this season and perhaps that is one of the reasons Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino opted to send him out on loan to another top flight club.

With Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier currently at White Hart Lane, Yedlin’s chances were severely limited, but this way he can develop his game and get used to the pace of the Premier League before potentially staking his claim for a chance at Spurs next season.

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