DeAndre Yedlin is just one of the players who have improved this season under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.
His improvement has come in his defensive qualities and in his positional play in particular.
If players really want to improve, then they should take in everything Rafa tells them – because this man has seen it all in football and has a fantastic record of developing the players he coaches.
And Rafa, who turns 58 next Tuesday, doesn’t think we are safe yet – although he did say we are safer after the fantastic 2-1 win at Leicester last weekend.
DeAndre Yedlin – we’re not safe yet
Since Rafa arrived just over two years ago, many of Newcastle’s players are much improved, and that’s a testament to the great work the Spaniard has done on Tyneside.
This is what Yedlin has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“We’ve had ups and downs this season, and just as quick we’ve got up to 10th, we could go right back down.”
“It’s a case of not giving up and keeping pushing for every single point we can get.”
“That’s really important because by no means are we safe.”
“We’ve got to keep pushing and progressing, if not for us, then for the fans.”
“They want to see us finish as high as possible.”
We haven’t won four games in a row this season, and we have a decent chance to do that on Sunday against the Gunners in a game that’s being televised live around the world.
Arsenal are playing in the Europa League in the second leg at CSKA Moscow tomorrow night after winning the first leg 4-1.
That’s a long journey for the Arsenal players so hopefully, we can start the game on Sunday like the proverbial steam train and hope the Arsenal players are a little tired.
There’s no reason we cannot fundamentally secure our place in the Premier League on Sunday with another win.
Howay The Lads!!