We remember during the World Cup in Brazil a couple of years ago when US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann introduced a 21 year-old Settle native DeAndre Yedlin at right back.
It was Yedlin’s debut for the US and he proceeded to bomb down the right wing and looked full of potential in that World Cup and he was snapped up by Tottenham after the tournament.
DeAndre Yedlin – US full back
Yedlin – much like Daryl Janmaat who he will replace at Newcastle – was very good at the attacking side of right back – but not so good at defending.
That changed this year when Yedlin was on loan at Sunderland but big Sam Allardyce hadn’t used him much because Sam likes it tight at the back and Yedlin was a poor defender.
But Sam brought Yedlin back into the side in February and the 23 year-old American stayed in the team and helped save Sunderland from relegation.
Yedlin also learned an awful lot under the new England manager about what defending is all about.
So Newcastle snapping up the youngster with great potential was an excellent move by Rafa Benitez, who can now follow on from Allardyce and make DeAndre inot an even better player at Newcastle.
That’s the hope in any case.
Jurgen Klinsmann has been pleased with Yedlin’s development and improvement over the last two years in which the 23 year-old former Seattle Sounders player has picked up 39 caps for the US National side.
This is what the former great German striker has said recently about the 23 year-old defender, who played extremely well for the US in last summer’s Copa America when the US were beaten 4-0 by Argentina in the semi-finals:
“It’s pretty cool to see DeAndre’s path over the last two years, especially since he broke through at the World Cup in Brazil,”
“He’s becoming more mature, he’s become even stronger, more confident, and also on the tactical side of the game he’s learned a lot.”
“He now knows how to read the game better, especially behind him when he’s going forward.” “He reads forwards better in one-on-one situations, so his learning curve his huge.”
“Hopefully he continues that path and has a good solution after his Copa America.”
We’re sure Klinsmann will be happy enough that DeAndre will now be coached by the great Rafa Benitez, who will hopefully improve his defensive play even more – and could even use him as a right winger when needed.
Yedlin is a young lad who is keen to improve his game and we should hear from him when he gets introduced as a Newcastle player – maybe even later today.
He is a top young professional, down to earth, sensible and very ambitious and extremely keen to improve as a footballer.
He must be delighted to be joining Newcastle and Rafa Benitez and who knows how good this lad can become over the next couple of years.
But the US and Newcastle United could both benefit greatly.