Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat told the club's official website that he will find it difficult to start Tottenham Hotspur loanee DeAndre Yedlin after his impressive debut due to the form of Billy Jones.
Despite the heavy defeat to current table toppers Manchester City in the League Cup on Tuesday night, the United States international was one of the very few positives to come out of the game, and he even played a part in the consolation goal scored in the second half to make it 4-1.
Nevertheless, despite the Black Cats' poor form and current standing in the league table, Advocaat has played down the chances of Yedlin keeping his place in the side when they travel to Old Trafford on Saturday.
“Yedlin did really well for his first game,” Advocaat told SAFC.com. “He needs to get to know the players better but I was pleased with the space he found himself in and his work rate.
“I’m not sure how he’ll figure on Saturday as Billy Jones has been one of our best players.”
What makes Advocaat's comment regarding Billy Jones so peculiar?
Although Jones is an experienced Premier League defender, he has not exactly covered himself in glory this season and should be someone the former Russian manager is actively seeking to improve upon.
Yedlin's performance, albeit only in the League Cup, should give Advocaat the justification he needs to see whether he can improve on Jones in the right-back position, as they currently hold the undesired record of conceding the most goals in the Premier League so far this season.
The game against United, although at a critical time for the Black Cats as they strive to get their first league win of the season, is one they are not expected to win. Therefore, it could be the ideal chance for Advocaat to throw in some fringe players, such as Yedlin, in the hope they fight to earn a regular spot in the team.