DeAndre Yedlin speaks about his first team opportunities at Sunderland

Yedlin has been getting his first team experience on loan at Sunderland from Tottenham this season.

DeAndre Yedlin believes he is becoming a better player for his time at Sunderland on loan from Tottenham, and has been speaking about how he's tried to get back into the team during the times he's been omitted.

Yedlin has faced a battle to get some regular first team games this season but has featured quite prominently for Sam Allardyce's side as competition for places has been getting that bit more fierce at the club.

Yedlin is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “I think for any player when you’re not playing it’s frustrating.

“But you also have to look at it as ‘How can I get back in the team?’ and ‘How can I keep improving, even though I’m not in the team?’.

“That’s what I tried to do during that time. Sam Allardyce didn’t really speak to me about that, you’ve just got to try and figure out how you’re going to get back into it. He’s a very straightforward guy, so I just (had to) figure out how I’m going to get back in.

“I think my game fits in here, just (from) being able to observe, especially the last two months when I wasn’t really playing. I’ve been observing from the outside, and I’ve learned a lot from Billy (Jones).

“I’ve been trying to absorb what he’s doing, positional-wise and when he gets forward, and I think that’s definitely helped me a lot."

Yedlin has certainly been getting a decent amount of experience during his time at the Stadium of Light - making a total of 13 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

It makes something of a difference by fighting to avoid relegation with the Black Cats than fighting for the title like his parent club Tottenham are. 

The scenarios may be different but he is getting some regular first team football in the Premier League in a pretty high pressure environment, as Sunderland are one point adrift of safety in their battle to avoid relegation. It's likely to prove to be valuable for the 22-year-old.

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