Sam Allardyce addresses suggestions that DeAndre Yedlin's Sunderland loan spell could be cancelled

DeAndre Yedlin

The 22-year-old Tottenham Hotspur-owned defender has not played any Premier League football this month.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has played down suggestions that DeAndre Yedlin’s season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur could be cut short.

Allardyce has been chasing a deal for Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy as the January transfer window reaches its closing stages, putting Yedlin’s future at the Stadium of Light in doubt amid his recent lack of action.

However, speaking to the Sunderland Echo, the Black Cats boss seemed to suggest that the US international would be staying at the club beyond Monday’s transfer deadline along with Rennes loanee Ola Toivonen, who has also struggled to make an impact in the North East.

“I don’t think there’s any leverage [to end the loans early]”, Allardyce told the newspaper. “Their deals are for one season. We need a squad and players who might have to play.

“If we got rid of DeAndre, for example, we’d need a new right-back, which might not be a wise thing to do at this stage.

“We’ve had to shop very carefully in this window, both with who we get out and who we bring in.”

2015-16 Premier League TeamAssistsTotal Att AssistPassing AccuracyTotal CrossesCrossing AccuracyTotal TacklesTackle AccuracyTotal DribblesDribble AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
DeAndre Yedlin Sunderland 0 3 73% 15 13% 21 71% 11 45% 9 641

Yedlin, 22, originally joined Sunderland on transfer deadline day last September after making just one 12-minute substitute appearance for Tottenham during his first nine months in England, before going on to earn his full Premier League debut in Dick Advocaat’s last game in charge of the club against West Ham United in October.

The former Seattle Sounders youngster subsequently started six of Allardyce’s first seven matches at the helm but has since found his first-team opportunities few and far between, having failed to feature in the top-flight this month.

Billy Jones is now entrenched as the first-choice right-back, and if a Debuchy deal can be agreed at the last minute, the Spurs-owned prospect might just be better off heading back to White Hart Lane. 

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