DeAndre Yedlin Talks About Rafa Benitez And Newcastle In America


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There’s a good report in Soccer America today about our American right-back DeAndre Yedlin who has made a good start to the season, and we thought he had one of his best games for Newcastle on Sunday against Liverpool.

Certainly, the NBC commentators thought he was outstanding in the game against the Reds.

DeAndre is with the American squad for the upcoming World Cup games, and he’s one of their best players playing in Europe.

There is, therefore, a lot of interest in the player – especially now he plays for world-class Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

Yedlin has turned out to be an excellent £5M buy for us from Tottenham, and certainly, he looks a much better player than the one who arrived 15 months ago from the north London club after a season on loan at Sunderland.

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This is what the 24-year-old Newcastle right-back has told Soccer America:

“It is not easy to stay up and watch the national team on TV due to the time difference when you have training the next day.”

“You want to help, you have to put your faith in these guys that they can get the job done. I am honored to be back here.”

“I’m pretty close to full fitness, as close as I can be, if I’m not, probably something is wrong with me.”

“I’ve always been a pretty positive person, definitely getting mentally stronger and stronger.”

“Being out so long made me hungrier to get back. I am ever more focused than I was before. I feel stronger tactically.”

“When I wasn’t able to run, I watched a lot of film and a lot of games.”

“Rafa preaches pretty much the same principles no matter who is on the field.”

“The good thing about our team is that it is young and hungry so everyone has bought into his game plan. And it has showed with the results.”

“You have a little bit more defensive responsibilities playing in a back four helping the center-back next to you.”

“As a wing-back, you can be more aggressive when you get the ball. But you might not have help out there and be pretty isolated, so you have to be good on your own.”

Yedlin seems a very happy camper at the moment and indeed his form this season is outstanding, and he looks a player with the class to make the step up to the Premier League.

He has Spanish U21 International Javier Manquillo and also veteran Jesus Gamez fighting it out with him for the starting right-back position at Newcastle United this season.

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