DeAndre Yedlin’s move to Newcastle United last summer was one of several excellent buys made by Rafa Benitez in his first transfer window at Newcastle, when he was helped a lot by the very hard-working and diligent Lee Charnley.
And like a lot of other Newcastle players such as Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Issac Hayden and Karl Darlow to name a few – the American is a better player now after a season under the tutelage of Rafa Benitez – than he was last summer.
When you think the 23-year-old signed for Newcastle for just £5M from Tottenham Hotspur last summer he is now a much better player in a lot of different ways than he was when he first arrived – and he’s starting to look like a bargain buy for the club.
DeAndre Yedlin in US colors
Certainly that’s been noticed by American head coach Bruce Arena, who has been impressed with Yedlin’s development while he has been at Newcastle United.
The USA had an excellent 2-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday in World Cup qualifying with an assist coming from the Newcastle right back.
Bruce Arena had this to say about Yedlin’s development over the last year in the Washington Post after the game:
“He’s an improved player, he’s still a young player,” “He’s got a way to go, but athletically he’s very good.”
“Now he has to learn to be a player who just doesn’t count on the fact that he’s fast.” “He’s got to be a little better mentally on the field.”
“His year at Newcastle has been good for him.”
We expect DeAndre – like a number of other Newcastle players – to get even better in the coming season in the Premier League, which is less physical than the Championship and where their skill can make the difference in games.
We’ve always thought Bruce Arena was a good, savvy coach and it’s hardly surprising the USA team is now doing a lot better in World Cup qualifying since he took the reigns.
They have now topped Group C in the CONCACAF region and amassed 13 points from their 6 games – 2 points above Trinidad and Tobago – so it was an important win on Thursday and the US now advance to the 5th round of qualifying for a World Cup final place.
It will be a complete shock if the US and DeAndre Yedlin do not qualify for the finals of the World Cup in Russia next summer.