Former USA international striker Taylor Twellman has tweeted that DeAndre Yedlin has a lot to learn before becoming his country's first-choice right-back, after watching his performance in Sunderland's 3-0 victory over Newcastle United.
Sunderland started with Yedlin at right-back in the fixture, and the youngster helped his side pick up a resounding victory over their local rivals.
However, Twellman wasn't impressed by the Tottenham Hotspur's loanee's performance, and he tweeted on social media site Twitter that Yedlin still needs to improve, before being given a regular role for the USA.
Yedlin has been utilised in an unfamiliar right-wing spot for the US national side recently, and he has struggled to break into the team at right-back.
However, Twellman's tweet received little support from US based football fans, who were quick to defend the 22-year-old's display.
@TaylorTwellman you have to improve football journalism, analysis and commentary— MJ (@JMario09) October 25, 2015
@TaylorTwellman Daily Mirror gave Yedlin a 7 rating. Tied for top on team. But you keep on pandering to JK and his Eurotrash fan club.— dennis neaves (@drneaves) October 25, 2015
@TaylorTwellman you are very harsh, he had one mistake otherwise has been very good.— Rob Lee (@WRRob) October 25, 2015
@TaylorTwellman at least he plays in a real league. In a country with an open pyramid...— Benjamin Rose (@arrows_of_light) October 25, 2015
@TaylorTwellman yea... Good enough for the EPL but not for the USA NT? Gotcha.— Aaron Phillips (@aphillip712) October 25, 2015
@TaylorTwellman ?! 0 goals. How's Sunderlands record with him in game compared to without? How's Tim Chandler doing?— ZachTheFiveTwo (@ZachTheFiveTwo) October 25, 2015
@TaylorTwellman watching and hd looks miles better than other USMNT options.— Daniel Callaway (@Chubbsatlnuga) October 25, 2015
@TaylorTwellman I think he will go down as one of the best players to ever play for the US.— Benjamin Rose (@arrows_of_light) October 25, 2015
@TaylorTwellman he's actually done ok vs Perez in multiple 1v1s today. Did you see his crossing? THAT is why he is not a RM either.— J. Francis (@The_Gav21) October 25, 2015
Yedlin is still adapting to Premier League football, but he has just started to break into Sunderland's team under Sam Allardyce.
The defender has now started in Sunderland's last three matches, and he will be hoping to continue to gain more first-team experience over the rest of his loan spell at the Stadium of Light.