Sunderland loanee DeAndre Yedlin has told The Chronicle that he thinks he has improved defensively this season, and admitted he speaks to Danny Rose regularly.
Yedlin, 22, signed for Spurs from Seattle Sounders back in 2014, having impressed in limited playing time for the United States at the 2014 World Cup.
Last term, Yedlin only arrived at Spurs in January, and he made just one appearance before being sent out on loan to Sunderland back in September.
The right back has been in and out of the Sunderland side this season, making a total of 18 appearances in all competitions as he continues his development away from White Hart Lane.
Yedlin is set to head back to Spurs at the end of the season though, and Tottenham do already have two strong right backs in Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier, making it difficult to see just where Yedlin will fit in upon his return.
However, Yedlin has claimed to The Chronicle that he thinks he has improved defensively this season, which was the major area of concern for him when he left for the Stadium of Light last year.
Yedlin also revealed that he is in regular contact with Tottenham left back Danny Rose, who has not only impressed this season, but also spent time on loan at Sunderland earlier in his career before starring at White Hart Lane - an ideal role model for Yedlin.
"It’s been one of my biggest improvements and I’ve been very happy with that," said Yedlin. "It’s something that I wanted to work on, especially coming into the Premier League."
"Me and Danny talk a little bit. He is doing very well down there and he is definitely a player that I look at, because we are very similar. I’m glad for him that he is having a great season down there and hopefully he can keep it up," he added.
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