Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Defender Yedlin Has Allardyce to Thank; Yedlin Thinking like a Defender Due to Allardyce's Tutelage

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Defender Yedlin Has Allardyce to Thank; Yedlin Thinking like a Defender Due to Allardyce's Tutelage

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Byline: Stuart Rayner stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

DEANDRE Yedlin says he is now starting to think like a defender after working with Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce.

The 22-year-old American is still viewed as a right-sided mid-fielder by his international coach Jurgen Klinsmann. But the transformation in Yedlin (pictured below) has been so complete, he admits playing in that position last month felt odd.

"It's been one of my biggest improvements and I've been very happy with that," Yedlin said of his greater defensive nous.

"It's something that I wanted to work on, especially coming into the Premier League.

"I felt that was the area of my game that needed the most improvement and the gaffer has really helped me with that, as have the guys who have played alongside me."

Yedlin is on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur. In 2012-13, Danny Rose made the same move, and is now reaping the benefits.

Much more accomplished defensively, Rose is now in a strong position to be England's starting left-back at this summer's European Championships.

"Me and Danny talk a little bit," commented Yedlin.

"He is doing very well down there and he is definitely a player that I look at, because we are very similar.

"I'm glad for him that he is having a great season down there and hopefully he can keep it up."

Yedlin believes former Sunder-Turn to Page 48 FROM BACK PAGE land centre-back Allardyce deserves the credit for his development.

"He's just made me more aware positionally," he said.

"Positional awareness comes with experience, so getting game time helps, but we also work a lot in training as a back line and also on defensive shape.

"I feel a lot more comfortable defensively. Before, sometimes if the ball was played over my head, I wouldn't know where I was, like against Arsenal when (Joel) Campbell got in behind me, but now I feel a lot more comfortable.

"I guess I'm a lot more aware." That will be put to the test on Sunday at home to Leicester City. …

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