Newcastle saw an immediate uptick in production from the right wing-back position when DeAndre Yedlin returned from his long injury lay-off. DeAndre made his first Newcastle start in the 1-0 victory against Manchester United in early October.
Since then Newcastle have looked more of a threat going forward from the right flank. Over the past two weeks, that threat has gone into overdrive.
Speaking to the Chronicle, the 26-six-year-old explained that it’s by no accident that the Newcastle’s attack has surged of late. It was a tactical tweak that has led to the increase of bodies in the box over the past few weeks.
Almiron and Yedlin– forming superb partnership down the right
This is what Yedlin had to say about the wing-backs getting forward in our past two wins:
“In recent weeks Steve told me and Jetro Willems to get in the box a bit more to add another guy in the box.
“Looking at it from a wing-back point of view when an extra body is coming forward it is tough to defend.
“We have been trying to do that. “It has worked out a bit.
“We’re coming into the front and back post and hoping for something.”
One glaring issue with Newcastle early this season was that the wing-backs sat too deep. This was a hindrance to any breaks as the forwards, especially Joelinton, were far too isolated.
However, over the past few weeks, we have seen both DeAndre and Jetro in and around the box a whole lot more. It has resulted in Newcastle offering a much bigger threat in the final third.
In the Bournemouth match, it paid dividends with Yedlin’s superb header to level the match. We also saw Jetro Willems launch a slew of shots.
It also helps that both Yedlin and Willems are blessed with pace to be able to recover if upfield. With Yedlin, he also has a willing runner in Miguel Almiron, whose commitment to defending is superb.
We are thrilled with the partnerships being formed by both of our wing-backs and wingers. They are gaining an understanding of each other and it has been exhilarating to watch over the past few weeks.