DeAndre Yedlin has turned out to be an excellent buy from Tottenham for £5M and his form for Newcastle since he signed for us last year shows he’s now a much better player than he was on loan at Sunderland the season before last.
He is just one of the many players that Rafa has improved since they arrived on Tyneside.
And with what on paper looks a very ordinary squad, Rafa Benitez has us playing well, and we have a good 14 points from our first 9 games.
If we can keep that up, we could end up in the top eight with around 59 points – and that was good enough for 8th place last season.
Rafa is starting to get some credit for what Newcastle have achieved so far this season, and we just hope we can keep it up and be in the top eight most of the season.
DeAndre Yedlin – in action at St. Mary’s
And unless there is an incredible collapse – which we don’t expect – this will not be a relegation fighting season as most of those (expert?) pundits had predicted in the summer.
This is what Yedlin has said in the Chronicle today, and the American has some fighting words:
“It’s great but we can’t get ahead of ourselves.” “There’s still a lot more to do and it’s still so early in the season.”
“We will just keep pushing and try to get the results we need.” “It will be tough – 100%. Every game in this league is tough.”
“People will probably look at the win against Crystal Palace, bottom of the table, and think it was easy but it wasn’t easy by any means.”
“It took literally the whole game to beat them. They had chances as well and every team will be a threat.
“Every week it will be tough and every game we will have to battle. We’re prepared for it.”
“We’re prepared and ready for the battle ahead. The win against Crystal Palace wasn’t the prettiest but we’re happy with three points.”
“It was a great win because we fought and battled hard. That’s what we have to do.”
“It was great for him to come on like he did and score such a huge goal for us.”
“That’s exactly what we need. It just shows what we are doing here and sums up our team. “
“The guys are willing to do whatever they can to help the team.”
“We’re happy for him and it’s great he is able to contribute like that.”
Here’s our position in the Premier League table at the moment and we hope it can be even better after our game at Burnley on Monday night.