By Tom Blackburn

Ex-USA midfielder Stuart Holden has told compatriot DeAndre Yedlin to leave Tottenham to help advance his career.

Right-back Yedlin is third choice right-back at Spurs behind Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier and has been strongly linked with a return to Sunderland.

New Black Cats manager David Moyes told the Sunderland Echo at the start of August that they were still interested in the 23-year-old Tottenham full-back even though Sam Allardyce is no longer at the helm.

Former USA and Bolton midfielder Holden, who played in his country’s 2010 World Cup draw against England, has urged Yedlin to join Sunderland for his own sake.

“I think if he wants to develop as a player he’ll have to leave Tottenham,” Holden said on ESPN, via HITC. “I think Sunderland’s a good fit for him.

“We saw him come on leaps and bounds under Sam Allardyce. He became a much better player and sitting on the bench at Tottenham won’t do him any good.”

USA international Yedlin played a key role for the Black Cats last season as they maintained their position in the Premier League.

The right-back made 25 appearances for Sunderland across all competitions and made a strong impression with his defending and pace when attacking during his time at the club.

The full-back joined Tottenham from Seattle Sounders in 2014 on a four-year contract but has only made one competitive appearance for the London club.

In other Tottenham news, an attacker is in London ahead of a potential transfer to Spurs.