DeAndre Yedlin can be an all-American hero for Sunderland – in defence and attack.
The club signed the full-back on transfer deadline day on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
The 23-year-old United States international made his name at hometown club Seattle Sounders and moved to White Hart Lane in January.
Former Sunderland defender Steve Caldwell played against Yedlin in Major League Soccer for Toronto FC.
And the 34-year-old feels Yeldin, an attack-minded right-back, will prove to be an astute acquisition.
“I played against him twice,” said Caldwell, who captained Sunderland to promotion in 2004-05.
He’s a modern-day full-back. He’s gets forward, and has a great deal of pace. He can also put in a nice ball.Steve Caldwell
“He’s a very athletic and attacking full-back.
“He’s a modern-day full-back. He’s gets forward, and has a great deal of pace. He can also put in a nice ball.
“He’s got a little bit to learn defensively, but he’ll improve that side of his game.
“He’s now got a great opportunity at Sunderland. He’s very young, and has got a lot of learn, but he’s improving all the time.”
Yedlin – who played in last year’s World Cup – is on international duty.
And he is determined to hit the ground running when he makes the journey to Wearside next week ahead of the home game against Tottenham on September 13.
Yedlin, however, will not be eligible to play against his parent club, and his debut could come in the away game against Bournemouth on September 19.
“My agent texted and said call me as soon as you can,” said Yedlin “He said ‘I think Sunderland may be a go’.
“(They) sent the documents over and I signed and went to training. I’m relieved its over.
“This last month has been pretty stressful because there have been so many different teams that have come up and then gone.
“I have some sort of say, but not a whole ton, so that was tough.
“But I’m glad where I ended up, and I’m hoping to make the most out of it.
“Obviously, they’re a little bit lower on the table.
“I just felt like it was a good place for me to go.”
Yedlin made one substitute appearance for Tottenham last season, and he knows he needs to get Premier League games under his belt during his time at the Stadium of Light.
“It’s a league that you really have to get used to,” he said. “It’s a tough league, so I think getting the experience of playing with a Premier League team will be huge for me.”
Meanwhile, Caldwell – who took up the role of director of corporate development with Toronto’s parent company, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, after retiring last month due to injury – believes Yedlin will prosper at Sunderland.
“I think it’s a very positive signing,” said the former Scotland international. “I’m sure he’ll do well at Sunderland.
“He’s been in the US squad and went to the World Cup.
“He’s done extremely well and has a bright future. He’s one of the USMNT’s most-promising players.”