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It’s Unbelievable How Much Depth Newcastle Have In The Squad

DeAndre Yedlin got a start yesterday for Newcastle and the 23 year-old American right-back looks a great player in the making as he fights it out with Dutch International Vurnon Anita to play at right-back in what is turning out to be a very good Newcastle side this season.

With the fairly easy 3-0 home win against Ipswich yesterday, Newcastle are now 3 points clear at the top of the Championship.

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DeAndre Yedlin congratulating Ayoze Perez on his first goal

And Newcastle got off to a great start with a goal from Ayoze just inside the one minute mark, as the Spaniard smashed the ball home on the volley and the ball simply flew into the back of the net.

It looks like the shooting practice Rafa laid on as extra training late last week really played off as Perez’ second goal after 73 minutes and Matt Richie’s goal five minutes later were all scored with great aplomb.

This is what the American has said in the Chronicle today:

“Ayoze played wonderfully. He’s a playmaker and that’s what he showed against Ipswich.” “It is unbelievable how much depth we have in the squad.”

“We feel like we can put anybody on the field and they’ll do the job.” “We have a strong team, we just need to keep pushing and stay at the top.”

“When you score the first goal it is tough.”  “Straight after the goal you have to have that motivation because the opposing team will be like: ‘Oh no we need to hit back quick here’.”

“And it can be tough, but we did what we needed by scoring the second and third for another three points.”

“I thought we came out strong and controlled the game.” “We did what we needed to do.” “There were a couple of spells where we lost our concentration, but we did well for the most part.”

“We stuck to the game plan and it proved to be a good one.”

Rafa will probably rotate Vurnon Anita in at right-back for our 4th round EFL Cup tie on Tuesday night at St. James’ Park against an in-form Preston North End side.

But maybe DeAndre will get another start at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon – certainly he again played well yesterday.

Whoever starts at right-back we need to win both of the upcoming games against Preston and then we have a week before we take on Cardiff City at home, who lie in 20th place in the table on 15 points.

Then  another two week International break, so it would be really great if we can win the next three games.

Here’s the current league table at the top.

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Howay The Lads.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 23, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Great to have depth and form, lets just live without the complacency though, treat every match as life depends, and hopefully break a record or 2 along the way?

  • beermonkey

    Oct 23, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #2


    all u can do is un-install and reinstall them
    well i would start there

  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 23, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Does anyone one think we will get 100 points and score 100 goals? It’s on but I’m not sure if we could achieve it.

  • NoahJ

    Oct 23, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #4

    I would go so far as to say lack of acceptable squad depth has been the single most important reason we have capitulated over the last two seasons; Pardew, Carver and Mclaren obviously huge in that too, but even Pep would struggle with the depth of our squad in recent times.

    Remember the ludicrous action of selling our only recognised fit left back santon?

  • G

    Oct 23, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #5

    @3 I wouldnt bet against us doing it!


    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #6

    For years we have had a threadbare squad, the bench for yesterdays game was probably better than our first team in seasons gone. Rafa is easily the most organised manager we have ever had

  • toon22

    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #7

    I bet Rafa kinda likes us liking his rotation policy.
    Imho hes the best manager since SBR.

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Threadbare is being polite to bare threads.
    All of a black pudden we have triplication for just about every position !

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Steady on Ed, you say way need to beat Preston twice that’s going to be easier said than done, be happy beating them in a cup and a draw on Saturday, win, lose or draw we will still be top next weekend.

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Got a feeling we will finish above Norwich this season, what’s stopping them at the moment is that they are not Consistent enough, don’t think they have won many games in a row.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d bet that Preston are worrying more about us than we are them.

    I see no reason not to be confident of beating twice.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #12

    ‘them twice’

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #13


    As I said yesterday I reckon we have a much better squad than most of the bottom EPL teams.

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 23, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Essex Geordie Bill

    I bet Huddersfield and Norwich both thought they were confident in beating Preston and look what happened to those two teams.


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