When Sunderland are in need of a player, their first course of action is, invariably, to peruse through the Tottenham reserves rosters.
They’ve attempted to rescue ten individuals from the White Hart Lane wilderness in recent seasons, with a limited amount of success.
Left-back Danny Rose, borrowed for the 2012/13 campaign, Steed Malbranque and Darren Bent are the only players to move from Spurs to Sunderland and not have an absolute nightmare.
A calamitous start to life in red and white stripes from Younes Kaboul was largely to blame for the Black Cats relinquishing maximum points to relegation rivals Leicester and Norwich, but their latest foray into the Lilywhites second string can be a rare hit.
Right-back DeAndre Yedlin has been sent to the Stadium of Light on loan for a season and, unlike Alan Hutton, Marton Fulop, Teemu Tainio, Pascal Chimbonda, Louis Saha and Kaboul himself, the American will do the business.
The basis for this belief is largely down to his showings at the 2014 World Cup, where his blistering pace enhanced the USA’s ability to counter-attack dangerously.
Incumbent number two Billy Jones lacks the dynamism and final-third knowhow to contribute in this fashion.
They’re qualities Yedlin shares with Spurs colleague Rose, the last full-back the Wearsiders borrowed from this particular north London outpost, as well as current left-back (and Rose’s successor) Patrick van Aanholt.
These attributes enabled both to flourish on Wearside and the inbound American can reciprocate their success on the opposite flank.
It’ll need a bit more than a good right-back to help Sunderland stave off a 53/100-rated relegation from the Premier League, but it’s a start.