Sunderland defender DeAndre Yedlin has told the Shields Gazette that he is trying to learn from the more experienced members of the squad at the Stadium of Light.
Yedlin was brought in on loan from Tottenham Hotspur at the start of the season, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side keen for the American to gain experience of playing top-flight football regularly.
The 22-year-old is a very raw prospect, and he admits that he is doing all he can to learn from the likes of Younes Kaboul, John O’Shea and Wes Brown, who have had great careers at the top level of English football.
“I’m obviously learning from guys like Younes (Kaboul), Sheasy (John O’Shea) and Wes (Brown),” Yedlin said.
“These are all guys who’ve been with top teams and have been through it.
“It’s a great experience for me.”
Yedlin has played 11 Premier League matches so far for Sunderland, and he has battled Billy Jones for a spot in Sam Allardyce’s first-team.
At the moment, Yedlin seems to be first choice, and he has started in Sunderland’s last two matches.
In those fixtures the Black Cats have been able to draw 2-2 with Liverpool and beat Manchester United 2-1, to increase optimism levels on Wearside.
Sunderland are stationed in the relegation zone at the moment, but their recent improvements have offered hope that they could make it out of danger before May.
If Allardyce’s men are to escape the bottom three, they simply cannot afford for their form to dip - and they will be looking to continue their unbeaten run by picking up a result against West Ham United on Saturday.