Tottenham youngster Yedlin made his Sunderland debut on Tuesday.
Speaking to the official Sunderland website, Dick Advocaat has explained what impressed him about DeAndre Yedlin as the 22-year-old full-back made his debut following the completion of his loan move from Tottenham Hotspur.
“Yedlin did really well for his first game,” said Advocaat. “He needs to get to know the players better but I was pleased with the space he found himself in and his work rate.”
Yedlin made his debut for the Black Cats on Tuesday evening, playing the full 90 minutes as Sunderland fell to a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Although the Wearside club put in a poor defensive performance, Yedlin was praised for his role in attempting to shackle Raheem Sterling, whilst also registering an assist as Ola Toivonen netted his first goal in Sunderland colours.
Advocaat has praised Yedlin for the space he found himself in - a positive attacking trait - whilst also stating his work rate was impressive.
It has been Yedlin’s work rate which has often caught the eye, as although he is far from the finished product, the youngster is always ready to make up for his own mistakes, and he patrols the right side of the pitch with boundless energy for the entire 90 minutes.
Yedlin would not have wanted to start his career on Wearside as part of a defence which conceded four goals, but he is one of the few players to come out of the loss with a positive reputation, and the youngster will be hoping to build on his solid start to life as a Sunderland player, as he looks to make it with Tottenham in the future.