Sunderland’s USA star DeAndre Yedlin looking to make instant impact in the Premier League

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DeAndre Yedlin is aiming to make up for lost time and become an instant hit at Sunderland.

The 22-year-old American has endured a difficult 2015 so far, with Yedlin limited to just a solitary Premier League appearance for Spurs since linking up with them in January, following a move from MLS outfit Seattle Sounders.

Dick Advocaat swooped to sign the defender on loan on deadline day and the right-back is desperate to get on the pitch and find his “rhythm” in the top flight.

The USA star, who played against Neymar’s Brazil during the international break, was ineligible to play in the 1-0 defeat to his parent club at the Stadium of Light.

But he is targeting Bournemouth away this Saturday for his first Sunderland appearance, having enjoyed his first experience watching the Black Cats.

“I didn’t know what to expect [on Sunday] and when I saw the atmosphere and how hard the team competed and how well they did, it was great for me to watch,” said Yedlin.

“It made me want to get on the field even more and I am excited for whenever my chance comes.

“My biggest goal is to get on the field and get into my rhythm and hopefully impress a lot of people.

“Everybody seemed to be pretty positive [after Sunday], you never want to lose at home but it was a very good Spurs side and we played very well.

“We have to take those positives and take them into Bournemouth,” added the lightning-quick defender.

Yedlin is enjoying life on Wearside and ex-Spurs teammate Younes Kaboul has been helping him settle in, while USA teammate and ex-Sunderland flop Jozy Altidore convinced him a move to the North East was the right one for the defender.

“I know Younes [Kaboul] a little bit better than I know Jermain [Defoe] but both have been great in making sure I’m settling in well and it’s been a great time so far,” said Yedlin.

“I did [speak to Altidore before joining].

“He mentioned that it was a great club – obviously in his time football-wise up here he didn’t have the best but he said it was a great club with great people.

“The weather isn’t the best but I’m used to that where I’m from, being from Seattle!

“It is no big deal.”

Sunderland moved for Yedlin on a season-long loan after full-backs Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt have both struggled in the opening Premier League games, while Adam Matthews faces six weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Jones and Van Aanholt enjoyed their best displays of the season against Spurs but Yedlin is still expected to come straight into the side this weekend.

He added: “I will bring hard work and effort to the team no matter what position I play, a lot of attack and hard work in defence - I will give it my all.

“I’ve played both right wing and right back and I can’t really say if I’m more comfortable in one or the other, but both are fun positions for me to play and I enjoy both so whichever the manager sees fit for me to play is the one I’ll play.”