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Yedlin Interviewed On American TV – Praises Rafa And The Geordie Fans

NBC Sports Network has a show called Men in Blazers which is hosted by two Englishmen Michael Davies and Roger Bennett.

It’s meant to be a light-hearted show where the hosts talk about soccer here in the states.

And would you believe it, but Newcastle’s one American player DeAndre Yedlin has been interviewed on the show and that’s  because Newcastle are now back in the land of the living – also known as the Premier League.

Serious looking Michael Davies and Roger Bennett
Hosts of Men in Blazers TV show on NBCSN

Smile – you’re on Candid Camera

Our players are now likely to be seen more often on shows  linked with the English Premier League – NBCSN only covers the Premier League in the US.

In his interview DeAndre has talked about Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans.

This is some of that the 23 year-old had to say:

“He almost just simplified it.” “When I first got there I didn’t know what to expect.”

“Every footballer in the world knows Rafa Benitez.” “But I didn’t know his exact coaching style.

“He has a way of simplifying everything.” “He tells you things that you know but things you kind of need to hear again so that they become second nature.”

“In training we work a lot on shifting when to press and when to stay back.”

“Returning to the Premier League was a great feeling.” “It just felt like my career was back on the up.”

“Not only that but the fans, the Geordies, are loyal and great fans.”

“Everybody knows them.” “They were behind us at away games and it was always sold out.”

“It’s great for the city as they are where they belong.”

DeAndre played 32 times for us last season with one goal and he continues to be covered regularly in the press in his native Seattle.

That press coverage should increase in the coming season since Newcastle are now back where we belong in the Premier League and we can watch every Newcastle Premier League live again.


DeAndre improved his overall game last season under Rafa and we expect even more improvement this season in England’s top division.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Salmon Fish

    Jun 9, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1
  • hibbit

    Jun 9, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Salmon Fish are you Kabul Fish ??????????????

  • jimmygscot

    Jun 9, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    When was the last time NUFC had a decent French Defender, they don’t exist. They need to have alook at the Celtic CB.


    Jun 9, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    I think celtic would want double what we are looking likely to pay for this lad and lejune is playing against a better quality opposition weekly,so can understand ya doubts as we have struggled to find a good french cb, but can also understand why we are after him,he mau fail but so myt the lad from celtic but would cost a lit more.


    Jun 9, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Good French defenders don’t exist?

    Celtic players are hard to judge because they play is a terrible league

  • jimmygscot

    Jun 9, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #6


    Yea point taken.
    I just hope moves are being made behind the scenes to bring in new players and soon.
    Exciting times.


    Jun 9, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    For the first time in years am completely relaxed about this window mate I’ve no doubt Rafa is tapping up players left right and centre with plans to build a competitive NUFC and plenty will be interested

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Totally agree with your last comment mate. Great times ahead 🙂

  • martoon

    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Jimmy – Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal is quite a decent French defender (I’m not suggesting we buy him – just saying).
    I know the transfer window opens today – I think Sky phrased it as the English Transfer Window. So is it for all transfers involving English clubs or just between English clubs or were Sky wrong and it’s all clubs – well at least in Europe anyway?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    I always have my doubts about defenders coming from the Mediterranean leagues. I’ve never seen this guy but on his whoscored profile, it says weakness is tackling (not a good start), his style is playing long balls, and his strength is headers (although he’s probably not playing against beasts like Lukaku and Crouch that often. I expect the three we already have will keep him out the team.

  • martoon

    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #11

    I’ve just seen that Monk is Boro’s new manager – I can’t decide if that is a good appointment for them or not?

  • nightfa11

    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #12

    French had some top defenders.. Desailly, gallas, thuram,.. More than England tbh..

  • Our Toon

    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Rafa might well be tapping players up but he’s not the one negotiating fees, that’s Charnley and with him I have a lot less faith.

    I’d like to see key signings made early so that they have time to bed in and more importantly settle into a new city/ club. Get to know teammates and rafa style of play.

    It’s been a poor showing so far in the market, not looking promising if we can’t even get a loan deal tied up for Tammy

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Possible good news on this transfer:


    Love his attitude and would be a star.
    One of the most promising players we’ve been linked with and still only 20.
    Would be a star for the toon!

  • Our Toon

    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #15

    There’s a few very good French defenders playing now.


    To name a few, then there’s Blanc, Gallas, Desailly of recent time. They produce better defenders than us in England

  • Jib

    Jun 9, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #16

    The Spanish media is reporting that the Colombian sporting press are annoyed thst
    the darling of their football
    team – James – was ignored by Zidane all season
    It has been suggested that he should be loaned to a PL club
    to get games for the next WC
    Rafa is the only coach in the PL to have worked with him!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 9, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Lebouf too. But the difference is that Lejeune didn’t prove himself in France where there are a lot of big, fast, powerful forwards; he had one good season in Spain against smaller players with good football intelligence and passing skills etc. I’m not wholly convinced by this one.

  • corkypants

    Jun 9, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #18


    Just to name a few

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 9, 2017 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Claims by Spanish publication EuropaSur that #nufc will play a friendly vs Real Balompedica Linense (Chris Waugh)

  • corkypants

    Jun 9, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #20

    I know all aren’t centre backs but still good french defenders

    Any more news on Lejuane


    Jun 9, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Rafa knows what he’s doing with defenders it is one of his main strengths afterall pretty sure we will be alright remember no one wanted Clark last season now hes lauded as our best CB

    That young lad seems to be saying good things but I can’t see him turning Arsenal down tbh

  • Salmon Fish

    Jun 9, 2017 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Corky, are you trying to upset The next Mike Williamson with that comment ha ha.
    Seems he isn’t happy with the potential signing of Lejeune.

  • Salmon Fish

    Jun 9, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Didn’t like the new look of the blog.Slow and complicated.Needs some amendments if possible.

  • Salmon Fish

    Jun 9, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyhooo 😉 it’s a month of Ramadan and I’m fasting.Don’t have further energy following and debating if any.
    Good day.

  • Son of a Geordie

    Jun 9, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Yedlin is a smashing lad. Deserves all the praise he gets. Needs someone to push him to keep the RB spot when Anita is released.

  • Son of a Geordie

    Jun 9, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #26

    WWSBRD the French would benefit from converting some of their rugby players to football players, at least their rugby players put on a mean tackle in defence ?

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 9, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Has anyone seen the official released and retained list yet?


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