The Tottenham Hotspur-owned defender made 25 total appearances on loan at the Stadium of Light this season.
Former USA and Fulham striker Brian McBride has told Sports Illustrated’s Planet Fútbol Podcast that he believes it would be in DeAndre Yedlin’s best interests to make a permanent move to Sunderland this summer.
Yedlin, 22, joined Sunderland from Tottenham Hotspur last September on a season-long loan and went on to make 25 total appearances for the Black Cats this term, recording two assists.
The pacey right-back briefly fell out of favour with manager Sam Allardyce midway through the campaign but soon broke back in the line-up to start the club’s final 13 Premier League games, helping them avoid relegation in the process.
His oft-criticised defensive skills have also come on in leaps and bounds during his time at the Stadium of Light, and he seems to have proven at this stage that he deserves to be a regular top-flight starter going forward.
Nevertheless, whether the 31-times capped US international will get the chance to continue his development with Tottenham remains to be seen.
Playing time will obviously be hard to come by back at White Hart Lane with Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier ahead of him in the right-back pecking order, and the former Seattle Sounders defender has still not heard from the club about their plans for him.
His contract with Spurs still has another two seasons left to run, but having seen him make such impressive progress over recent months, McBride believes his compatriot’s long-term future should lie in the North East.
“I would hope, especially after you’ve seen the comments from Big Sam about how much he’s seen him grow at Sunderland, that they could work something out for him to permanently move up there,” McBride told the Planet Fútbol Podcast.
“I don’t know what’s going on in either’s head, but DeAndre Yedlin must see that his awareness positionally certainly seems a lot better – multiple times better than it was even six months ago.
“That’s what you’re looking for in a player like that. Especially with the rawness as far as his pace and his ability to make certain plays – there’s better quality there. He’s started crossing the ball better and he’s had less and less passes played in between him and the right-sided centre-back, which is a huge thing for an outside back.”
Yedlin originally signed for Tottenham from the Seattle Sounders in August 2014 but stayed with his hometown club for the rest of the 2014 MLS season as per the terms of the deal, helping them win the US Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield title in the process.
The ex-University of Akron standout eventually made the move to England in January 2015 but went on to earn just one brief substitute appearance for Mauricio Pochettino’s side over the next eight months before joining Sunderland last September.
Speaking about his Spurs future last month during an interview with MLSSoccer.com, the former two-time MLS All-Star said: "It has to be in the back of your mind a little bit, but right now my focus is on helping Sunderland stay up and this fight.
“There's time to do that after the season. I'll weigh out the options, see where they're at and come to decision at what's best for me."
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