Did DeAndre Yedlin's Sunderland debut underline where he needs to develop this season?

DeAndre Yedlin

The Tottenham Hotspur fullback, on loan at the Black Cats, started the 4-1 loss to Manchester City.

De Andre Yedlin's first start in English football, and his Sunderland debut, was certainly an affair to remember, if not for all the right reasons.

The Tottenham Hotspur loanee is highly thought of in several footballing circles, most notably back in the United States, having impressed as one of the youngest players at the World Cup in Brazil last year.

He was slowly introduced to football after moving to Spurs from hometown club Seattle Sounders, taking in just one substitute appearance after joining at the start of 2015, before being sent on loan to the Stadium of Light to earn more game time.

The rapid fullback, who can also play as a winger, was on the bench against Bournemouth, but was given a chance from the off against the Premier League's form side Manchester City on Tuesday night.

It was as difficult a fixture as it looked on paper, with the Black Cats 4-0 down within 36 minutes of kick off.

Coming up against Raheem Sterling was a difficult test for the US international, and the former Liverpool man assisted twice before scoring City's final goal. Too often, Yedlin failed to impress himself against his opponent, and didn't offer enough defensively, especially considering the visitor's goalscoring threat.

However, the 22-year-old did impress with the attacking side of his game, setting up several chances throughout what was a desperately disappointing first half for the home side. Yedlin even created the goal that ensured Sunderland won the second half 1-0, crossing for fellow loanee Ola Toivonen to nod in a consolation.

It is something that Spurs hope the youngster will develop during his time in the North-East, refining his defensive game and using his pace to match the quickest wingers in the Premier League, while not losing the attacking edge to his game that marks him out as a promising player. If he is incapable of improving in that department, the wing may truly be the best option for Yedlin.

One thing is for sure, all parties will be hoping there aren't any more results like the one last night if Yedlin is to improve before he returns to White Hart Lane next season.

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