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Stats: Could this USMNT star help keep Sunderland in the Premier League?

USA international DeAndre Yedlin started a Premier League game for the first time since early December as he helped Sunderland beat Manchester United 2-1 in their last outing on February 13.

The right-back was struggling to work his way back into the side after being dragged off after just 19 minutes of the 1-0 home defeat against Watford on December 12, but Yedlin hasn’t been fazed and hopes to retain his starting berth.

“Being a young player, it’s something I have to overcome because things like that are going to happen,” he told the BBC.

“I’ve tried to work as hard as I can and get back into the team. That’s happened and hopefully I can keep my spot. You’re going to have highs and lows, but it’s how you get through the lows.”

The 22 year old left MLS side Seattle Sounders for Premier League club Tottenham in January 2015, where he made just one appearance before being sent on-loan to Sunderland in September 2015.

He’s since battled for a place in the side with English teammate, Billy Jones, and here is how the two have compared statistically for Sunderland in the Premier League this season.

Stats comparison: DeAndre Yedlin vs Billy Jones

Stats comparison: DeAndre Yedlin vs Billy Jones (PL 2015/16)

The numbers show that the Black Cats have a higher win percentage, as well as a lower loss percentage when Yedlin starts instead of Jones, and consequently they pick up more points-per-game with the American in the side.

Despite a respectable campaign with Sunderland so far, Yedlin may have a job on his hands if he maintains hopes of one day becoming the first-choice right-back at his parent club Spurs.

Current Tottenham right-back’s, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier, have both slightly outperformed their younger counterpart this season, as you can see from the table below.

Stats comparison: Yedlin vs Sunderland and Spurs right-back's

Stats comparison (via Squawka): Yedlin vs Sunderland and Spurs right-back’s (PL 2015/16)

Yedlin may have to consider his options come May, as a permanent deal at Sunderland or another Premier League club may be a better choice, but he says he’ll give his all whoever he plays for.

“Whatever happens, happens. That’s how my thought process has always been. Obviously if my path is with Tottenham then I’m very happy, I’m going to fight and do all that I can to help them.

“If it’s not then, whatever team I am with, I am going to fight to help them, that’s how my mind has always been,” he said.

USA’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has also recently said how important it is for Yedlin to continue to be involved in the first-team picture at club level.

“Obviously every time he gets on the field and gets minutes, it’s huge for us,” said Klinsmann, as reported by the Sunderland Echo.

“We monitor him and talk to him, so hopefully he gets even more minutes in the upcoming weeks.

“He’s very talented obviously, but he still knows that he has a way to go and a lot to learn.”

What have you made of DeAndre Yedlin since he came to the Premier League?

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