DeAndre Yedlin is already a fan favorite because of the things he said about Newcastle when he first joined us last month – and how he found out how big a club Newcastle was while he was playing on loan at Sunderland.
Like the sound of that one.
Rafa seems to like the lad and he certainly is a hard worker both in games and on the training field and yesterday was already his 5th appearance for Newcastle as he started for the second game running in place of the suspended Vurnon Anita.
DeAndre had a great game until he had to leave the field after 75 minutes with an ankle injury – and we’re not sure how bad that is and whether he will be available for the colossal game against Norwich City on Wednesday night.
DeAndre Yedlin yesterday (ball watching)
The 23 year-old American got 49% of the vote and his speed down the wing was simply awesome as he scared the living daylights out of the Villa defense.
It was his excellent right wing cross in the first half that led to our goal as Tommy Elphick kindly put the ball in the net.
DeAndre is great at attacking and not so good at defending, but we’re sure he will improve in the defensive area quickly under the guidance of Rafa Benitez to become an even better player – that’s what Rafa does.
Vurnon Anita is a better defensive full-back than the 23 year-old, but we can see these two being used a lot this season at right back depending on what kind of game it is – and they could be interchanged during a game too.
For £5M DeAndre looks a great buy and his injury yesterday again made news in his home town Seattle as the watch his progress on Tyneside.
Second in the voting with 20% is another player we picked up for £5M – Villa Youth Academy graduate Ciaran Clark and he had his best game for Newcastle against his former club.
We always thought Ciaran was potentially a great player while he was at Aston Villa and when he played well he always looked classy.
With Rafa Benitez now coaching him he could well keep improving and right now it would appear he is first choice center-back alongside captain Jamaal Lascelles – although Rafa will rotate the center-backs.
Grant Hanley looked very good last Wednesday night and Chancel Mbemba will be itching to get back into the first team after his unfortunate own goal last Saturday.
Fair to say there is immense competition in central defense this season – if only we had that last season…..
Third in the voting on 9% is Jonjo Shelvey who was very good in the first half when most things went through the former Charlton, Swansea and Liverpool play-maker.
But in the second half he fell away – which is a problem with his game that needs fixing, because Newcastle need Jonjo at his best for the full 90 minutes.
It was a great performance by Newcastle in the first half, but because we didn’t score with some golden opportunities we were hanging on for six minutes after Aaron Tshibola equalized after 89 minutes yesterday.
We must do better against Norwich City on Wednesday night over the full 90 minutes and a win would definitely get us back on track.
And let’s keep supporting and all the players – every single one of them so they can play at their very best for the team – that includes goalkeeper Matz Sels.