Early last week DeAndre Yedlin revealed that he’d been getting the cold shoulder from Newcastle over contract negotiations. The 27-year-old had come back into the fold in December after barely featuring for much of this season.
Prior to his recent string of starts, it was a foregone conclusion that Yedlin would be off either this month or when his contract ended in the summer. However, he remained patient, got back into the team, and put in some decent performances.
So his Newcastle future, while still very likely to be over after this season, was a little less certain after his reemergence in the team. This is what DeAndre said earlier this week:
“At this moment [I want] just some clarity over whether Newcastle want me to stay or whether I can go. Whatever it is it’s something that needs to be talked about pretty quickly because there are six months left on my contract.
“If I am going to leave Newcastle there’s steps I need to take in terms of talking to other teams and things like that. There’s been no clarity.
“My agent has reached out to people at Newcastle and they’ve responded back saying ‘yes we’ll call you’ and there are no calls back. That has been quite frustrating.”
Yedlin was surprisingly absent from the squad yesterday for our 2-0 loss at Villa Park. The situation with DeAndre is even more troublesome than what he has revealed.
The Chronicle has published the following comments from Steve Bruce about why Yedlin was not involved against Aston Villa:
“There’s an issue with his visa.
“I’m not sure quite how quickly it will be resolved, but there’s certainly an issue there.
“We’ll let you know when he’s available.”
Newcastle have reportedly waited too long to renew Yedlin’s work permit and it has expired as a result. The new one didn’t arrive in time for him to play last night. This is a disgraceful way to treat a player whose been with the club for almost five years.