DeAndre Yedlin had a good season last term and improved again under the guidance of Rafa Benitez as did a lot of other Newcastle players.
It was a tough season, but Rafa and the boys pulled through this year with a string of four successive wins to seal our safety in the Premier League.
Then we lost four games in a row before taking Chelsea apart 3-0 in the final game of the season when the lads were easily the much better side.
So we finished in 10th position with 12 wins and 44 points.
DeAndre Yedlin in action against Chelsea
Yedlin has been speaking in an interview with the Seattle Sounders’ ‘Winging it’ podcast.
Here’s some of what he had to say:
“Team-wise, it was honestly one of the hardest seasons I have been a part of but also one of the best.”
“Our season started so well but we were a team that was just promoted and we hadn’t really brought anyone else in.”
“It is funny with the media because when we were in the Championship we were a Premier League team in the Championship.”
“Then when we were in the Premier League, we were a Championship team in the Premier League.”
“I don’t think many people had great expectations for us but we started well and then we went nine games without a win.”
“Then pretty much everybody around the team, besides the team, was getting negative.”
“But I think the good thing about this team is that we all stayed together, we all stayed positive.”
“I think that’s the good thing about Rafa Benitez – he kept everyone positive.”
“He said nobody was expecting us to stay up so we have nothing to lose. We know how good we are and we know how good we can be.”
“And from 2018 we just cracked on and started beating some big teams, winning some important games and we ended up finishing in tenth position.”
“When we were going through that rough patch, Rafa kept me in there and kept me in there.”
“I kind of thought, OK, he has a lot of trust in me.”
“It was kind of from that point that I thought I had that position but I knew I couldn’t get complacent.”
“You can’t get complacent over there.”
It was a tough season, and DeAndre was one of the stalwarts who stuck to his task last season and came out of it looking like a good right back in the Premier League.
But like most of our players next season, he will have increased competition for his place if Rafa gets his way and brings in six new players to battle it out for starting positions at Newcastle.
But Yedlin has welcomed the competition in other interviews as he says it’s the competition that pushes players to become better.
Last season he played 34 times for Newcastle and now has 66 total appearances for the Magpies since signing two years ago from Tottenham.
Let’s hope we can have an even better season next term – with no relegation fears at all.
That will be a lot easier on the nerves!