Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin was expected to enjoy his breakthrough campaign this season after moving to Sunderland on loan.
The USA international had struggled for game-time at White Hart Lane due to the presence of Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier but the Stadium of Light was seen as the perfect place for Yedlin to show he has a bright future in the Premier League.
However, the 22-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at Sunderland in recent weeks and is unable to get in ahead of the clearly below-par Billy Jones.
Jones was again out of form against Liverpool on Saturday and some Sunderland fans feel the time has come for the 28-year-old to be given a breather.
That would allow Yedlin to return to the starting line-up after failing to begin any of Sunderland’s last 10 league matches.
In that time the Tottenham loanee has been an unused substitute five times, failed to make the match-day squad on two occasions and racked up just 52 minutes of football.
Given his age Yedlin still has plenty of time to prove the doubters wrong, but Tottenham fans may be beginning to worry that he is not the sensational right-back he was touted as during the 2014 World Cup.
Only time will tell, but if Yedlin continues to be overlooked in favour of Jones, he may wonder where his next chance will come.