Dick Advocaat is looking forward to getting a more complete picture of new signing DeAndre Yedlin after only three days working with the ex-Spurs loanee.
Yedlin joined Sunderland on a season-long loan from Spurs on transfer deadline day, yet he only met his new team-mates for the first time last Friday due to his commitments for the USA during the international break.
You can only see in training what he can bring and if he is better than the others.
Advocaat had watched DVDs of the full-back prior to his move to Wearside, while he also saw him during the USA’s 4-3 friendly win over Holland back in June.
But the two days prior to Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against Spurs – plus yesterday’s light training session – were the first occasions that Advocaat had been able to work with the 22-year-old in the flesh and judge whether he can make a serious challenge for a place in the Sunderland starting XI.
Advocaat told the Echo: “I don’t know enough about him yet, to be honest.
“I’ve seen the videos of him and we saw him against Holland, when he did really well when he came on.
“But you can only see in training what he can bring and if he is better than the others.
“He only got here on Friday, so we need to work with him more.”
Yedlin is predominantly a right-back by trade, but he is also capable of filling in on the opposite side of the defence, with Sunderland struggling in both full-back positions this season.
Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt were much-improved against Spurs, yet they were exposed during the previous four Premier League games, albeit the pair have not always been granted an abundance of protection.
Yedlin – who made just one appearance for Spurs last season after arriving in January from MLS outfit Seattle Sounders – is renowned for his lightning-quick pace going forwards, although there are question marks over his defensive capabilities.
“He will definitely strengthen our options at full-back,” added Advocaat.
“He’s really quick and played for the national team last week more as a right-winger, than a full-back.
“But his pace is superb.
“It’s all about balance with the full-backs, between going forwards staying back.”