DeAndre Yedlin says it is “huge” for his career to be playing regularly in the Premier League, rather than having to drop into the Championship.
Yedlin made just one top flight appearance for parent club Spurs after moving to White Hart Lane last January from MLS outfit Seattle Sounders.
There were a few Championship clubs interested in me during the summer, but to be playing regularly in the Premier League is hugeDeAndre Yedlin
The 22-year-old had the chance to head out on loan to the Championship this summer, while there was also interest in the American international on the Continent.
But joining Sunderland has paid off for Yedlin, with the right-back starting each of the Black Cats’ last four games.
Yedlin told the Echo: “Yeah, it’s been huge for me to play straightaway.
“It’s good for my confidence and I have to give credit to my team-mates as well.
“It’s not easy coming to a new club and settling in, but they’ve made it very easy and confident for me.
“I just wanted to get playing time this season.
“There were a few Championship clubs interested in me during the summer, but to be playing regularly in the Premier League is huge.”
Yedlin had been a solid, tidy performer during his first three Premier League starts, yet like the rest of the Sunderland defence, he was exposed in last weekend’s 6-2 drubbing at Everton.
Sam Allardyce moved Yedlin into a slightly more advanced position as a right-wing back, yet he admits that like several other players, there was a lack of awareness after Sunderland had clawed back a two-goal deficit to level proceedings at 2-2.
And Yedlin says Sunderland need to make amends in Saturday’s visit of Southampton, prior to the two-week international break.
“Saturday’s game is big for us as players and big for our fans, because we need to get their trust back,” he said.
“We all went home happy after the Newcastle game, but then the next week, it all went wrong again.
“We got too anxious at Everton, I think.
“Nobody was really thinking right. We were 2-2 away at Everton after fighting our way back into the game.
“To have come away with a point would have been great.
“But we were trying to go for the win and too many guys were pushing forwards, myself included, and that left the back three by themselves, and we got hit on the counter.
“With so many guys who can hurt you in a team like Everton, it’s tough to get it back.
“It was a new system obviously, but I don’t think you can really blame that.
“It comes down to the players on the field.”