To Work Under Rafa Benitez Has Been Unbelievable

It seems that DeAndre is looking to stay at Newcastle for a long time and of course he did sign a five year deal when he signed on for us in August and jumped at the chance to join a team managed by Rafa Benitez.

He also had lived close to Newcastle (just across the Centennial bridge in Gateshead) during his loan spell at Sunderland last season and had got to liking the City a lot and he also learned just how big a club Newcastle is.


DeAndre Yedlin in action for Newcastle
It looks like he’s taking a rest


DeAndre is a very good young player whose innate potential can hopefully be fully developed at Newcastle through the expert coaching of Rafa Benitez.

He still has a lot to learn of course and he knows that, but he seems so keen to get better and is delighted to be working under Rafa Benitez.

DeAndre started off talking to the local press by explaining why he had signed for Newcastle in the second division:

“Especially as a younger player, this league is great as there are so many games.” “It’s a great move for me to come here, and working under Rafa has been unbelievable.”

“Obviously, it’s something that I thought about, but at the end of the day I had to make the best decision for me.

“That’s what I did. I have nothing against Sunderland. I had a great experience there, and made great friends there, but now I’m at Newcastle, and that’s where my focus is.”

“Getting back to the North East was a big factor in my decision. When I first came to London, it was a bit different to what I’d expected.”

“I thought moving to a big city would be a very cool thing for me. But Seattle’s not the biggest city.”

“It’s more like Newcastle. I think I’m more comfortable here. That was a big factor in my decision.”

Last season he played 23 times for Sunderland in the league and in addition two cup games, so he played quite a lot of games last season, especially near the end when it really mattered.

So far this season Yedlin has played 6 times for Newcastle, including 3 starts as he filled in extremely well when Vurnon Anita was out suspended.

DeAndre could have a really great future at Newcastle.

Hope so.

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