In the USA’s 4-2 defeat last night to Columbia in a friendly in Tampa, Florida – by all reports DeAndre Yedlin did not have a good game defensively, and he came in for criticism after the game from some American fans.
That’s the part of his game he can still improve; offensively he’s excellent moving down that right wing at speed.
This is Yedlin’s third season at Newcastle since signing on from Spurs in the summer of 2016 for just £5M, and he’s been a good acquisition for Newcastle.
He came to England in 2014 after he impressed in the World Cup for the US as a speed merchant down the right wing.
He was signed by Spurs from his hometown club the Seattle Sounders of the MLS.
The 25-year-old was on a season-long loan spell at Sunderland in 2015/2016 but was left out of the side for a good two months.
Yes – Yedlin scored his second goal for Newcastle at Manchester City
Yedlin is now doing very well under the guidance and coaching of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, and he seems a happy lad both on and off the field.
This is what the 55 times capped American International has said in the Chronicle today:
“It kind of feels like I’ve settled here, and that’s a great feeling. A lot of people don’t realize that that can play a huge part in your performance and mentally,”
“In a way, yes I am lucky. In a way, without those opportunities I have had throughout my life, I don’t get the chance.”
“But you also have to look at the fact that if you don’t take those opportunities and, if you don’t make the best out of them, then I’m not where I am today.”
“And I think that’s what my career has kind of been built off of; taking the opportunity when I need to.”
“Obviously people see that I express myself (crazy haircuts), and sometimes people don’t like that. But I think the Newcastle fans do.”
“They know that I always give 110% on the pitch, no matter what. I’ll do the dirty work for every single one of my team-mates if that means that we can win.”
“I think London was the first time in my career where I really went through a hard time.”
“Obviously I wasn’t playing, I was away from my family, I was in a massive city like London where you can get lost – both literally and mentally, you can just get lost.”
“(At Sunderland) I didn’t play for about two months. I was just training and I started getting that depressed feeling again, that rock-bottom feeling again,”
“And I said: ‘No, I’m not going through this. I need to do something to get out of this.”
“Every word that came out of that book (Maximum Achievement), I felt like the author was speaking straight to me because I could relate to everything he was talking about.”
His attitude change at Sunderland was helped by having a look on the Amazon website – for books about being successful in life – and he bought Maximum Achievement.
And he lived happily ever after.
Well, not quite that, but it seems the book has helped DeAndre with his attitude and indeed since he arrived on Tyneside he’s been a positive influence in the squad.
And the fans love the lad – because he gives everything in every game he’s played for Newcastle.
And he’s played 73 times for Newcastle with two goals and three assists; that’s games more than he played for Seattle Sounders.
He may have found his second home away from Seattle.