This Is One Player Rafa Is Improving All The Time

Rafa Benitez has already improved a lot of players at Newcastle, and an excellent example of one of them is 24-year-old American International DeAndre Yedlin.

We remember watching Yedlin in the World Cup when he played for the US in Brazil, and he had terrific speed down the wing and looked an excellent young player.

After that tournament, he was signed by Tottenham and ended up at Newcastle 16 months ago when we shelled out £5M for him.

It has turned out to be a bargain buy for the Magpies.

While Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic remains the picture boy for the US team, DeAndre was outstanding in the USA’s 4-0 win against Panama last week.

DeAndre Yedlin in US colors

The US will now play at Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup qualifier tomorrow, and then DeAndre will return to Newcastle.

This is what he has said in the US press:

“Everybody tells me they don’t know how I have so much energy, and I think people feed off that, which is great.”

“It’s (Premier League) a very physical league. It’s a league that if you lose focus for even a little bit of time, they can punish you,”

“Working with Rafa has taken my game to another level.”

It’s now almost certain the US will qualify for the World Cup finals in Moscow next year, and that would be the eighth successive time they have done that.

Yedlin had been missing from the US starting team for a couple of games – a defeat to Costa Rica and then a draw at Honduras.

DeAndre’s form against Panama showed the US  had been missing not only his attacking prowess but also his defensive work – which is improving all the time.

Yedlin has suffered from hamstring injuries, and after the 4-0 win last week this is what US manager Bruce Arena had to say about the impressive Newcastle right-back:

“He continues to grow as a player, and it’s great to get him back in,”

The form of Yedlin so far this season in the few games he has played is outstanding, and Rafa can still make him into a better player as the season progresses.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 9, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Not sure if anyone has already mentioned this, but has anyone seen the true geordie and shearer interview from yesterday. I think its shearers best interview, 2 hours long.

    also checking transfer market, shearer was 18,9 million not 15, very strange

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #2

    possibly EUROS ?

  • martoon

    Oct 9, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t work in finance but have worked with a lot of contractors. They get paid a fee by the company and it is up to them to sort out paying the correct tax and NI etc. Surely agents are the same NUFC pay them a fee and it is up to them to pay the necessary tax. Even if NUFC know they are not it is not their responsibility and they can’t force them to so surely HRMC should be going after the agents not the club’s?

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #4

    takeover talk has gone very worryingly quiet.

  • martoon

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Looks like I broke the blog again 😀

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Martoon….I believe there’s really nothing to talk about

  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Martoon; The payments may have been a players signing on fee which were paid to the player’s agent instead of directly to the player and therefore circumnavigating the NI and tax liabilities, as the agent is not employees by the club. I would assume signing on fees are usually liable for such tax & NI payments.
    I don’t have a clue and I would agree with you, I’m speculating on what may be the issue. It would be wholly negligent of any employee of the club to strike such a deal.
    This whole situation has me seriously worried. Not so much the monies owed to the exchequer but the potential sanctions applied by the FA.
    To be honest I cannot see anyone putting the club at risk for a couple of million quid but I may have different moral standards. Some people get a buzz out underhand dealings as they believe it makes them appear to be superior. Honesty is the best policy.

  • martoon

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Jesper – the curse of the international break!

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Morning Jesper……. Did you watch the game last night?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Martoon…that it is as well…maybe the silence will do us all some good?

    …but it has been “dead” on here for a while now (I have been told it has been in the making for quite some time now)

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #11
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Crystal Palace now sold out, every game so far has been a sell out, not sure if any other club can boast the same.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Explain What?

  • Tsunki

    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #16

    …aaaand so on and so forth.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 9, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #17


    The blog being quiet. Hopes dashed, apart from Jib of course!!!

  • AncientC

    Oct 9, 2017 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #19

    So Staveley is interested in Liverpool and not Newcastle according to the beacon of truth and virtues, known as the ‘Mirror.’ Who knows, maybe Staveley may even turn up at Anfield. Rather odd that Newcastle is currently for sale and Staveley turns up at St. James’ park to meet staff.

    You would think Staveley would be a regular at Anfield, what with the ‘fact’ she is a millionaire Liverpool “supporter.”

    I am going to stick my neck on the line and proclaim this to be a load of tripe.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 9, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Well the PL it is a playground for the rich isn’t it..

    Imagine if the money spend on PL clubs were actually put some good use…people-wise

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 9, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #21

    AncientC…If Amanda and the people she’s fronting were to buy Liverpool the Fenway Group owners would be in for some serious money (they could use ’em you know seeing as the poorest of the PL owners 😉 )

  • AncientC

    Oct 9, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #22

    I see Mikel Merino is above Dele Alli in the sky power rankings. A £7 million pound player sitting above a player valued around £150 million. Alli is overrated in my opinion anyway, good player, but now the refs are clued up on him, he will lose a large part of his influence. The Alli hype reminds me of the hype surrounding Wilshere when he was breaking through.

  • AncientC

    Oct 9, 2017 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Jesper, if there is money to be made growing Liverpool, John Henry seems well positioned to do it himself. The fact Liverpool knocked so much money back for Coutinho would suggest Henry has his own ambitions for Liverpool. I could be wrong, but the signs all appear to be pointing towards a Newcastle takeover.

  • hibbit

    Oct 9, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #24

    there are 3 other players doing due diligence , anyone of these interested parties could in theory buy us, its doesn’t have to be Staveley

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 9, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #25

    AncientC…Alli only cost Spurs £6M 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 9, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #26

    AncientC…that’s actually a good question mate…at a price of £1B where does Liverpool really go from there

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 9, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #27

    …but if you are just another rich person who would rather use your profit on a football rather than paying taxes and helping the little man then maybe you don’t have to care where you’ll go from there…

    …you are basically just using someone else money so to speak 😉


    Oct 10, 2017 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Heh ! The Euro did,nt exist until 1st Jan 2000 !


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