It’s Not Often A Newcastle Star Admits To This

There are several strengths that Rafa Benitez has built up with his Newcastle side in just over two years at the helm.

One is getting players in who want to come and play at Newcastle, and that has created a fantastic team spirit at the club.

The second is that he demands 100% effort in each training session and during each game.

And Newcastle fans have seen that with our players running their socks off as they continue to close down the opposition in games.

DeAndre Yedlin congratulates Ayoze Perez after the first goal last Sunday

It’s a pleasure (and even inspiring) to watch a Newcastle team so truthful and so committed to the cause.

DeAndre Yedlin is only one of the players who has become a better player this season under Rafa’s guidance, and he’s been better defensively this term.

But he has openly admitted it was his fault for Arsenal’s goal on Sunday, and it seemed to come out of nothing.

£60M signing Pierre Emerick Aubameyang got behind the Newcastle defense and Yedlin on the left, and he crossed the ball for £52M signing Alexandre Lacazette to hit the ball home first time.

This is what the American International had to say to the Chronicle about that goal – the first one we have conceded at St. James’ Park since Burnley scored on January 31 in the 1-1 draw:

“I actually lost focus for their opener and I was a bit upset about that.”

“I was just happy that I could help get us back in the game.”

“It was an unbelievable finish from Ayoze Perez and it was a lot harder than it looks.”

“You have to give him some credit for that.”

It was a terrific DeAndre cross that was brilliantly converted by Ayoze Perez to equalize the scores on Sunday.

Next up for Newcastle is a tough game at Goodison Park and the Toffees are one point ahead of us, and we have a game in hand on them.

A win in that game would take us into 9th position and give us five wins on the trot.


11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Apr 19, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Massive credit to the lad for saying this. It shows the mentality Rafa has installed in the lads they are able to be critical of what they do and make amends for it. That’s a rare quality if the ego-driven world of the pro footballer.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 19, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Class from Yedlin, who is holding himself to some high standards at the moment. You don’t hear people saying how he’s good going forward but needs to work on his defence any longer. One of our most improved and quietly effective players this season? He’s still only 24, feels like he’s been here forever.

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Apr 19, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3



  • ben.g

    Apr 19, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Morning gentlemen
    I saw dale winton died yesterday, he was only 62.
    Anyway, do we fancy yedlin as a 1st team next season? As in no upgrade needed?

    I like him,another year under Rafa working on his defensive side. Could be a great player.
    Lads fast for sure!

  • G

    Apr 19, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    ben.g, whilst no player is beyond upgrade, I would like to see some quality competition to continue motivating the troops in every position possible. Yedlin is currently our best option at RB, and he certainly deserves his starting place in the squad, but I like to see players being pushed by each other to keep the bit between the teeth.

  • Jib

    Apr 19, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Wintons best pal has said he talked
    about suicide for a while.
    He had medical problems, and emotional problems,
    and was very insecure.
    He hated the thought of ageing

  • ben.g

    Apr 19, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Very true. I guess that means we need an upgrade on mannqillo then.
    (Sorry for spelling)

  • lochinvar

    Apr 19, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Players showing how much wearing the shirt means to them.

    If nothing else this NUFC generation of players now “get it” – they get what Newcastle is about, what the people feel, what the fans thrive on, what’s it all about Geordie.
    Yedlin must have some Geordie in his DNA going back to early American settlers from these parts. After all Butch Cassidy’s Mum lived in Brandling, Jesmond so its possible.
    Perez also seems to have connected with what’s required and his improved fitness and strength on the ball like Diame suggests that Rafa and the coaches techniques and fitness training plans are really a massive step up from the basic training of Allardyce, Pardew and McClaren.

    The whole dynamic of the club has changed and if Ashley completes the deal to sell and allow the next phase of expansion and ambition to be realised then you can bet that productivity and the birth rate in Newcastle will go up.

    Me, I’m off for an ice cream with monkeys blood.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 19, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Manquillo, he’s like that itch you just can’t quite reach. You’re sure there’s a player in there and the frustration is that he just won’t come out. Rafa hasn’t given up on him yet, which probably means we shouldn’t either. One to keep during the Summer clear-out, maybe, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go on loan in the Championship, maybe someone like Norwich or Leeds.

  • ben.g

    Apr 19, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    We better watch out, Matz selz has been talking about returning to Newcastle! He says he needs to speak to Rafa to see if he is part of his project!

  • ben.g

    Apr 19, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Aye Rob I guess it’s going to come down to how much Rafa gets to spend. One thing about manquillo is that he can play both lb and RB positions


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