Sam Allardyce praises Sunderland defender DeAndre Yedlin's improvement

DeAndre Yedlin has started in Sunderland's last four matches.

Sam Allardyce has told the Chronicle that DeAndre Yedlin’s rapid improvement at Sunderland has impressed him.

Yedlin seemed to have dropped out of favour during the early stages of Allardyce’s reign, but the Tottenham Hotspur loanee has come back into contention more recently.

The American international has started in Sunderland’s last six matches, and Allardyce has given the youngster great credit for his performances.

“I have to say something on DeAndre who seems to have managed the situation as a young player in the Premier League for the first time, much, much better recently,” said Allardyce.

“Whether that’s because there’s better players around him and they’re helping him a bit more, I’ve been really pleased with his performances at right-back.

“Hopefully he’ll maintain those.”

Yedlin arrived at Sunderland with very limited experience of first-team football, as he failed to break into Spurs’ team.

He also struggled initially at the Stadium of Light, but he has started to prove his worth now and seems likely to play a key part as Sunderland aim to escape the drop.

As things stand the Black Cats are four points adrift of safety, and they require an up-turn if form if they are to get out of trouble.

Yedlin’s own future is similarly unknown, as the defender is due to return to Spurs at the end of the season - but he could find breaking into the first-team tough.

Tottenham have both Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker available to them at right-back currently, and the pair have impressed with their showings this season.

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