DeAndre Yedlin got a start yesterday for Newcastle and the 23 year-old American right-back looks a great player in the making as he fights it out with Dutch International Vurnon Anita to play at right-back in what is turning out to be a very good Newcastle side this season.
With the fairly easy 3-0 home win against Ipswich yesterday, Newcastle are now 3 points clear at the top of the Championship.
DeAndre Yedlin congratulating Ayoze Perez on his first goal
And Newcastle got off to a great start with a goal from Ayoze just inside the one minute mark, as the Spaniard smashed the ball home on the volley and the ball simply flew into the back of the net.
It looks like the shooting practice Rafa laid on as extra training late last week really played off as Perez’ second goal after 73 minutes and Matt Richie’s goal five minutes later were all scored with great aplomb.
This is what the American has said in the Chronicle today:
“Ayoze played wonderfully. He’s a playmaker and that’s what he showed against Ipswich.” “It is unbelievable how much depth we have in the squad.”
“We feel like we can put anybody on the field and they’ll do the job.” “We have a strong team, we just need to keep pushing and stay at the top.”
“When you score the first goal it is tough.” “Straight after the goal you have to have that motivation because the opposing team will be like: ‘Oh no we need to hit back quick here’.”
“And it can be tough, but we did what we needed by scoring the second and third for another three points.”
“I thought we came out strong and controlled the game.” “We did what we needed to do.” “There were a couple of spells where we lost our concentration, but we did well for the most part.”
“We stuck to the game plan and it proved to be a good one.”
Rafa will probably rotate Vurnon Anita in at right-back for our 4th round EFL Cup tie on Tuesday night at St. James’ Park against an in-form Preston North End side.
But maybe DeAndre will get another start at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon – certainly he again played well yesterday.
Whoever starts at right-back we need to win both of the upcoming games against Preston and then we have a week before we take on Cardiff City at home, who lie in 20th place in the table on 15 points.
Then another two week International break, so it would be really great if we can win the next three games.
Here’s the current league table at the top.
Howay The Lads.