Speaking to the Chronicle, DeAndre Yedlin has admitted that he prefers playing at right-back than in midfield, despite questions remaining about his suitability to a defensive role.
The 22-year-old said: “At right back, when you attack you can see the whole field. So in the attack it’s a little bit easier, at least for me, but you also have more defensive responsibilities. You have to find that balance. In the midfield I’m not the most comfortable playing with my back to the goal and in the midfield you find that ball a lot.”
Yedlin is currently on loan at Sunderland from Tottenham Hotspur, with Spurs hoping the young full-back picks up some consistent playing time in the Premier League.
Still just 22, Yedlin is highly rated, but he has struggled in the six appearances he has made for the Black Cats this term.
Naturally a right-back, Yedlin is not the most defensively sound player, but he has admitted that he prefers playing as a full-back as he can see the whole field ahead of him.
Considering his lack of defensive solidity, many fans believe Yedlin would be better suited in a wide midfield role. He is quick, technically talented, and has a strong delivery of the ball, and all these traits suggest that the youngster would be a talented winger.
However, Yedlin has admitted that he is not comfortable with playing in midfield due to how often he would receive the ball, and because of how much of the pitch would be behind him and his field of vision.
There have been doubts about Yedlin’s suitability to develop into a Premier League-level full-back, but the USA international is clearly convinced that defence is his best position, and working under the management of Sam Allardyce could be perfect for his development into an established defender.