When Newcastle signed American International DeAndre Yedlin last month, we thought Jurgen Klinsmann the head coach of the US team would be happy one of his players was going to be coached by one of the top coaches in the world – Rafa Benitez.
Well Jurgen has gone one better than that by saying he is pleased his right back has joined Newcastle, which he calls a tremendous club.
DeAndre Yedlin – in action against Brighton
Yedlin couldn’t wait to join Newcastle from Tottenham Hotspur last month for a reported £5M – and he says while he was at Sunderland on loan last season he realized what a big club Newcastle were.
Not sure what that says about Sunderland – but we wont go there.
There were rumors that Sunderland wanted to sign DeAndre after he had played so well for them in the last three months of the season under big Sam Allardyce and they managed to just avoid relegation.
But Rafa snapped him up once Daryl Janmaat told him he wanted to join Watford, rather then play in England’s second division.
Klinsmann has told ESPN FC he’s happy about Yedlin’s move:
“I think he’s Premier League level, absolutely,” “Obviously playing for a tremendous club like Newcastle United, it feels like Premier League level.”
“That club has only one goal and that’s going straight back up, so hopefully that’s going to be the case.”
“The league itself is a brutal grind because there is no real time for coaches to work in between games.”
“It’s going from game to game to game. That will be a huge challenge. It’s going to be different to the Premier League.”
“But he’s grinding it through, he continues to mature and from a club point of view, it’s totally fine.”
“But it will be a different style of play. It will be different what he sees there and how he experiences it.”
“Yeah, it will be a big growing year for him.”
Yedlin will have to battle it out with both Vurnon Anita and Jesus Gamez for the right back position, but Rafa may also use DeAndre as a right winger and take advantage of his tremendous speed.
But the Seattle-born youngster is at the right club – no doubt about that.
He’s also a smashing lad.