I’m Pleased He’s At A Tremendous Club Like Newcastle

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

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.

We didn’t.

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.

Comments welcome.

2 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Sep 4, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Ian Toon

    Yes I think most agree that he does need to harness his fighting spirit, but if he can manage that and at his age there is no reason to believe that he can’t then he could be a great player for us.

    On topic which is Yedlin, I’m going to have to be open minded with this lad, I like FB’s who defend first and attack secondly, whereas Yedlin does appear to be the other way round as so many are nowadays, Santon and Janmaat being prime examples, I really dislike both of them, no surprise there, however Yedlin does seem to be improving his defensive work, last season for the unwashed he was horrific and deservedly got dropped and was out of the first team picture for a while until Jones seemed to implode and was a major catastrophe for them, as a result Yedlin was recalled but during his time out whilst getting coached by big Sam he came back and the transformation in his defensive work was very impressive, so there is hope for him.

    Rafa also seems to prefer good defending to be the priority for a FB as well and seeing that it was Rafa who brought him to the club then you would think that Rafa feels that he could get a defender out of him, I have my doubts but Rafa is certainly a better judge than me, so like I say, open minded.

  • Spoof

    Sep 4, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Squad depth, how about this for a practise match, Anita and Colback may not be to happy, but never mind


    Gamez Mbemba Lascellas Dummett

    Ritchie Hayden Diame Aarons

    Mitro Gayle



    Yedlin Hanley Clark Lazaar

    Gouffran Tiote Shelvey Atsu

    Perez Murphy


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