DeAndre Yedlin has revealed that after training at Benton Rafa Benitez regularly stays behind after the formal training has completed.
He is always willing to work with a player to improve a particular part of the game, and he also speaks with the players individually in his office.
It’s all about Rafa wanting to make each player under his management better players, and we’ve seen players improve under the tutelage of the world-class manager.
That’s something Kenedy may want to think of in the summer if he gets a chance to sign for Newcastle under manager Rafa Benitez.
So he is in regular communication with players, and during the training sessions on video, you often see him in conversations with players.
Excellent shot of Rafa Benitez with … looks Like DeAndre Yedlin
DeAndre Yedlin is one player who has improved since he joined us from Spurs in the summer of 2016 for £5M.
Here is an interview Yedlin gave Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday before Newcastle’s excellent 3-0 win over Southampton last weekend.
“Of course we (a young squad) have had to adjust to life in the Premier League,”
“Just like with anything in life, when something new comes you’re going to have to adjust and learn about it. It’s the same with any job.”
“It’s a very tough league, it’s a league that I believe anybody can beat anybody in.”
“It’s taken a bit of time to adapt, especially for the younger players and some of the players who haven’t had that Premier League experience have done a great job of adjusting to it this season.”
“It’s taken a while but we’re finally really starting to come together as a team.”
“You know you’re stepping up a level in the Premier League from the Championship and there’s going to be losses along the way.”
“I think the Manchester United win makes a difference as it gave us some confidence that we could build on, and some momentum we can build on.”
“Rafa has loads of Premier League experience – and just loads of coaching experience in general,”
“He brings advice, he’s dealt with every different type of player and he’s a very personable coach.
“One on one, he’ll always want to talk to you no matter what it may be. Even if he has to stay out an hour after training to do something specific with you, he’s willing to do it.”
“As a player, that is great because it shows the trust he has in you, the confidence he has in you – and it shows he wants to help.”
Benitez is a fanatic about football – just like most Newcastle fans.
And that passion transfers itself to the training pitch and to the games.
Indeed, in our last two home games, our players have been like players possessed.
Now we need another top performance in our next home games against Huddersfield Town.
If we can win that game, we’ll be well on our way to staying in the Premier League this season.
Howay The Lads!!