Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has suggested to The Independent that DeAndre Yedlin is not getting regular playing time due to his lack of experience.
Yedlin joined Sunderland on loan from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2015 and is scheduled to remain at the Stadium of Light until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old defender has struggled for playing time at the Black Cats and is not a regular in the starting lineup.
The USA international right-back has featured in 10 Premier League matches for Sunderland so far this season, creating three chances in the process.
The youngster has a pass accuracy of 72%, and has won eight headers, five dribbles and 15 tackles.
Allardyce has suggested that Yedlin is not playing regularly due to his lack of experience in the Premier League.
“Billy (Jones) has got a lot of experience and we’ve got DeAndre, who has got very little experience at this level,” the former West Ham United boss told The Independent.
“He (Yedlin) has got a lot of qualities but without that experience, it’s a massive ask to perform at the consistent level that you need to at this stage of the season, under the pressure that we’re all under.”
Sunderland are second from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment and are in real danger of going down to the Championship at the end of the season.
Yedlin is a good and promising young player, but he does not have the experience of fighting against the drop.