Newcastle right-back DeAndre Yedlin says he thinks he has developed a lot at Newcastle in the first year and we agree, DeAndre looks better at defending than he was when he first arrived and he is huge threat down that right wing when he attacks.
Rafa is likely to bring in at least one new full-back this summer to increase the competition in both full-back positions, so DeAndre will need to be at his best to keep his position in the Newcastle team.
And the Newcastle starting eleven could change dramatically this summer as Rafa prepares his side for the Premier League.
Rafa Benitez with DeAndre Yedlin last season
DeAndre joined us from Tottenham last summer for around £5M and played last season on loan at Sunderland so he has already experience of playing in the Premier League.
This is what DeAndre has said in the local papers today:
“I think I’ve developed a lot,” “I think he’s the kind of coach that gets the best out of every player.”
“He’s definitely getting the best out of me and there’s definitely more to come.
“I’m nowhere near where I want to be and I’m nowhere near the finished product. I’m improving, and that’s all you can do. I’m improving every day.”
“Newcastle’s one of the clubs, especially in the States, that you knew about growing up, because it’s such a big club.”
“It’s a great honor to be able to play for this club, especially going into the Premier League.”
“I’m looking forward to that. I know my family will enjoy it, because they’ll be able to watch games on TV.”
For people living in the US, as DeAndre points out, it’s great we are back in the Premier League where we can see every single game live on NBC Sports and they will actually talk about Newcastle again.
They only cover the Premier League so we didn’t get a mention last season at all.
Yedlin is likely to play for the US in the Gold Cup in July and if that happens he will miss most of our pre-season games, but we suppose there’s not much Rafa can do about that.
DeAndre has been a good signing for us and as he says he still can improve a lot at Newcastle under Rafa’s guidance.
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