DeAndre Yedlin is only one of the players who have shown improvement this season in the Premier League under Rafa Benitez.
And the good news with all of this is that we have a better and more experienced squad than we started off with last August.
Even though Rafa didn’t get the money he needed to buy the players he wanted, he’s still managed to keep Newcastle in the Premier League – with maybe one more win needed to ensure that.
DeAndre Yedlin, the USA International has said he can see the improvement in himself this season under the guidance of Rafa.
Rafa Benitez and DeAndre Yedlin – last year in the cold
He has talked to nufcTV about how Rafa has helped him develop his game and DeAndre has been in really good form lately.
Recently on his Instagram account, he posted a photo of Rafa and himself with the caption “progression.”
This is what Yedlin has said:
“That is a big reason I posted that. I don’t know if other people can see it but I can see it,”
“Not just myself but the team is making huge strides and it has been really important for our momentum recently. Everything is starting to click.”
“We know we are never satisfied. We want to keep pushing.”
“When we are in the position that we are not safe yet, you have got to keep driving and pushing for more.”
“It has to be a big motivation to finish in the top 10.”
“Knowing we had our little run where we weren’t doing well and people writing us off – to be in with a chance of being in the top half of the Premier League is a huge motivation for ourselves.”
“And to show the fans we are still fighting to finish as high as possible.”
“The pressure is still on. I think we have seen this year in the Prem that some crazy things can happen and we are by no means safe.”
“We need to focus on this weekend and hopefully by the end of the season we have stayed in the Prem and achieved the highest place we can possibly get.”
“I think we have taken huge strides since the last time the two sides met.”
“Our confidence levels were a little bit low but I think we have hit our stride, found our momentum and now we are flying.”
“Obviously we have our fans at home so that is a huge advantage but I think away we need to take the same energy we have produced at home and try to replicate that.”
“If we can do that we can be a force away from home as well.”
Newcastle are now just 2 points from 10th place and Bournemouth.
It will not be easy to win tomorrow at Leicester, because they have won the last four meeting between the two clubs.
But it would be another great win for Newcastle and three in a row – if we can do it.
Howay The Lads!!