United States right back DeAndre Yedlin will have a new home next season. The U.S. international has signed a five-year contract with English Championship side Newcastle United in a deal reportedly worth £5 million. Yedlin spent last season on loan at northeast rivals Sunderland before returning to parent club Tottenham this summer.
Yedlin went on tour with the Spurs this summer, playing in their preseason friendlies in Australia. However he was rarely used in his usual right back position, with manager Mauricio Pochettino often using him as a left back.
Yedlin had signed for the Spurs in the summer of 2014 after impressing with the United States at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He finished out the MLS season with the Seattle Sounders before joining Tottenham in January, where he played just 11 minutes for the club. Yedlin was never able to break into Tottenham’s first team as he has dropped below Kyle Walker and Kieren Trippier in the pecking order at right back.
Following a very successful loan spell at Sunderland last season, the Black Cats were eager to bring him back permanently but failed to meet Tottenham’s asking price.
The move to Newcastle will be a great one for Yedlin. He’ll jump right into the first team after Newcastle allowed Dutch international Daryl Janmaat to join Watford.
While the Championship is a step down from the Premier League, it is by no means an easy league to play in. The Championship provides a different style of play to the Premier League. It’s more of the classic English gritty and direct style, but has been improving in the technical aspects over the last few years as well.
Teams in the Championship like to use their wingers for width, having them run straight at defenders to attack from the wide areas of the field. That will put Yedlin in many one-on-one situations where he’ll be able to improve his defensive abilities. As of now that’s the biggest hole in his game and he’ll be in a great position to improve it.
“Newcastle is such a big and historic club, and I’m excited to have the honour of playing for them. Hopefully I can do great things here.” Yedlin told the club’s website. “I’m excited to learn under Rafa Benitez as well. He has an amazing resume and I know he will help me improve a lot.”
The latter may be the biggest reason to be excited. For all the ridicule he takes, Rafa Benitez is still a great who Yedlin will learn a lot from. He’s playing for a club with Premier League aspirations and one of the best managers in the Championship.
As Yedlin spent the past year in the northeast with Sunderland, his familiarity with the region will erase the settling in process and allow him to hit the ground running.
The five-year contract will give him stability and it’s not farfetched to think Yedlin in Newcastle will be right back in the Premier League in the very near future.
Notes from other USMNT players
Jozy Altidore scored his fourth goal in five matches since returning from a hamstring injury for Toronto FC last weekend. He still has yet to play a full 90 minutes, but with Bobby Wood just making his preseason debut with his new Bundesliga side Hamburg on Monday, Altidore could be in contention to start both of the USMNT’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers, to the dismay of many USMNT fans.
By now you’ve likely heard of 20-year-old Sunderland midfielder Lynden Gooch, who has turned in two very good performances for David Moyes to start the season. The U.S. U20 international took home Sunderland’s man of the match honors in their 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough last weekend.
Gooch started on the left wing and looked involved throughout. He’s not likely to get called up to the senior squad until at least October, which is a good thing as it will allow him to stay and train with Sunderland to keep his place in the team. With Fabian Johnson, Christian Pulisic, Alejandro Bedoya, Wood, and now Gooch, the left wing is starting to be a strong position for the U.S.
If Gooch were to make the USMNT it would come at the expense of another player and that could very well be Darlington Nagbe. Since rejoining the Portland Timbers after the Copa America, Nagbe has zero goals and just two assists in 12 games with his club. The Timbers aren’t winning and Nagbe has failed to impose himself in their games. Maybe Jurgen Klinsmann was right to not just throw him out there during the Copa America.
There have been conflicting reports out of Germany in regards to 17-year-old Christian Pulisic. German publication Bild has reported he could be loaned out to RB Leipzig, though Pulisic’s father said that his son has no intention of leaving Dortmund.
With all the attacking talent Dortmund have, it’s hard to see Pulisic getting much first team action with Dortmund this year. However, it’s important to remember he’s still just 17 and most players of that age don’t see much first team action. If he chooses to stay at BVB he’ll be learning and developing at a club with a fantastic record of developing youth players.