While new signing DeAndre Yedlin was on loan at Sunderland last season he lived at Baltic Quay, which is close to the Millennium Bridge, so he could walk over to the quayside and he seems to have gone into Newcastle a lot over the last year and is already in love with the City.
The Seattle-born 23 year-old will at least not have a problem with any rain in Newcastle (there’s plenty of that in Seattle) and he seems very excited to join what he calls a massive club.
DeAndre Yedlin – could be a great signing for us
Here’s where Baltic Quay is.
Yedlin was news in the news in Seattle yesterday and there was a good piece on him.
It seems the Seattle Sounders had a buy-on clause in the contract with Tottenham he signed after the World Cup two years ago – so they will be getting a decent chunk of change from the deal.
The American full back has signed a five-year deal at Newcastle, and this is what he told nufcTV yesterday.
“It feels amazing,” “Newcastle is such a big and historic club, and I’m excited to have the honor of playing for them. Hopefully I can do great things here.”
“I definitely heard things about Newcastle, saw things about Newcastle and, funnily enough, when I was at Seattle I played with Obafemi Martins, so he obviously had some stories about Newcastle,”
“He just said playing here was one of his most enjoyable times, and when I went to Sunderland last year I thought about the area, and I could see why.”
“The area is unbelievable up here, and it’s a big reason why I decided to come back up and start with Newcastle.”
“Newcastle is a massive club, and I just thought it was the best decision for me.”
“I lived at Baltic Quay last year, and I had a great time there,” “It’s close to the city of Newcastle, so you could walk in for food at any time and my family loved it when they visited.”
“I know they’re excited about my move back here, so I’m just excited to get started.” “I loved the city when I was up here, so I’m excited to see more of it and experience what it’s like to be a Newcastle player.”
“I like to classify myself as an attacking full back, and I love to get forward,” “I’m fast so I think I can use that as a strength to get past defenders.”
“Also as a defender, your number one objective is to defend, so it’s a big part of my game that I’ve been working on, and I think I’m improving at that.” (He improved a lot as a defender under Sam Allardyce at Sunderland last season).
“I’m excited to learn under Rafa Benitez as well – he has an amazing resume, and I know he’ll help improve me a lot as well.”
“I think naturally I’m a pretty fit guy, so I don’t think I’ll have too many problems with that.”
“Sharpness comes with games, so obviously the more games I get the sharper I’ll get.”
“I’m just excited to get started.”
DeAndre has been a big hit for the US team since making his debut early in 2014 and US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann rates him highly.
He already has 39 caps for his country.
DeAndre will go into the squad for the important game at home to Brighton on Saturday, but he is not expected to play in that game.
He seems like another great signing by Rafa and we already knew he was a smashing lad.