Sunderland defender admits his place in the starting XI is precarious

DeAndre Yedlin insists he has not relaxed despite starting the last five matches, admitting that "one mistake and you're out".

Sunderland defender DeAndre Yedlin has admitted that he does not feel as though his starting spot in Sam Allardyce's side is secure despite starting the last five matches, as quoted by the Sunderland Echo.

The American, who is on loan at the Stadium of Light from Tottenham Hotspur, has been preferred to Billy Jones at right-back in recent weeks after seemingly convincing Allardyce that he can be depended on in the high-pressure run-in.

However, with Jones and new signing Emmanuel Eboue competing with him on the right side of defence, the 22-year-old knows that he must perform at the highest possible level if he is to keep his place in the side.

Yedlin said, as quoted by the Sunderland Echo: "Obviously, the confidence is going up, but you can’t be at a point where you get too comfortable or too relaxed. One mistake and you’re out of the line-up.

"I think one of the reasons I took that step over to Europe was to mature not just on the field but off the field as well. I think I’ve taken steps in doing that. I feel more mature.

"I have learned a lot from time in Europe, my time in Seattle and my time on the national team."

Yedlin was brought to England by Spurs in 2014 when he signed a four-year deal with the club two summers ago, and he was loaned to the Black Cats last summer after making just a single appearance for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

The USA international has made 17 appearances for Sunderland in all competitions this season as the North East side face yet another relegation battle.

Allardyce's men are 18th in the Premier League table, a point ahead of rivals Newcastle United but two points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand over Norwich City.

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