Rising Star Already Impressing Benitez With His Work-Rate

There has been quite a bit of news in Seattle since yesterday’s game about their local boy DeAndre Yedlin getting his first goal for Newcastle United in our excellent 2-0 win at Derby.

The Americans are parochial and they are always keen to keep track of their locals doing well wherever they are – and we have a feeling there will be more news about Yedlin and Newcastle United in Seattle in the months and years ahead.


DeAndre Yedlin in action yesterday

It was a fortunate goal for the American in the 91st minute but they all count of course – and it was great foresight by Jonjo Shelvey who saw Ayoze Perez free and swung the ball over to him  from the left wing.

Perez first timed it back across goal and it was somehow bundled into the net with Yedlin getting the credit and falling head over heels in the process.

This is what DeAndre has said on the Newcastle web-site today:

“It was a great moment.” “I didn’t really know it had gone in until our fans started yelling, but it was a great sound to hear.”

“Credit to Ayoze for the assist because he took the ball out of the air and played it across perfectly, right into the middle.”

“I tried to get anything I could on it. I don’t know whether I did, or whether it was a Derby player, but the most important thing was it went in.”

“I don’t get too many goals so it’s a rare one for me, but it’s a pretty special feeling and hopefully I can score more goals for this Club.”

“It was a really good win.” “It’s always hard to go away and seal 3 points so I’m really proud that we did that against a good Derby team.”

“I think we dominated the game. They had some chances but for the most part we were pretty dominant.” “When you go up 1-0 you can keep the ball and start to slow the game down a little bit.”

“They had to push more numbers forward, they had to take more risks at the back and the game became a tiny bit easier for us.”

“But to win 2-0 away from home is good and we are now looking forward to Tuesday at Queens Park Rangers.”

Yedlin works his socks off for Newcastle and he has great speed down that right wing and we’re sure Rafa Benitez has quickly noticed his work-rate and keenness in training.

That’s probably why the 23 year-old has appeared in the last two games for Newcastle.

Like other new signings he seems so keen to learn from Rafa and when you have that combination of hard work and ambition, success cannot be too far away.

We can see this young American soon becoming a huge favorite with the Geordie fans.

He’s the lad who loves the City of Newcastle and realized just how big a club Newcastle is when he was playing for Sunderland last season.

There’s  a message there somewhere.


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