Newcastle United round-up: Krul leaves permanently; Yedlin discusses injury return; Squad age evaluated

Newcastle United have announced that Tim Krul has officially left the club on a permanent basis. The Dutchman left on deadline day to join Brighton and Hove Albion on an initial loan deal, but the goalkeeper has made his move permanent and signed a one-year deal with the Seagulls. He made his debut yesterday and it could be that the appearance activated a clause in his loan contract. The 29-year-old made a total of 185 appearances for the Magpies and leaves with the best wishes of the supporters.

It always looked like he had made his final appearance for the club as he wasn’t given a chance during pre-season. This is good news for Newcastle as he wasn’t in Rafa Benitez’s plans and it will lower the wage bill as the Dutchman was a high earner. He would have been free to leave on a free in the summer and although a fee isn’t mentioned, it is likely that the Magpies received one.

DeAndre Yedlin made his first-team return at the weekend against Stoke City after a period out with a hamstring injury. The American came through 90 minutes and showed encouraging signs as he attempts to secure the right-back berth. He told the Shields Gazette:

“I’d actually been injured in the very beginning of pre-season. I came back for a bit, probably about 10 days, and then I did it again. That’s why it’s been a pretty long process getting back. It’s my second hamstring injury. We wanted to make sure it was 110% before I came back, so it didn’t reoccur.”

Supporters will be delighted that the 24-year-old is back as he offers pace and attacking threat down the right-hand side. Newcastle are a better team with him on the pitch as he plays a key role in their attacking set-up. This season offers another opportunity for him to succeed in the Premier League and he is better prepared to make a name for himself after a year in the Championship. It is great for Benitez to have the USA international back from injury and he showed why with an encouraging display against Stoke City.


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