Rafa Benitez should make selling DeAndre Yedlin a priority if the Spaniard extends his own stay at St. James’ Park.
The manager’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season, but talks are underway about a possible extension.
It has been reported by Chronicle Live that Benitez wants more leeway over transfers. Owner Mike Ashley is supposedly against signing players in their late 20s that have little resale value – which rules out targets Benitez has in Italy, Spain and France.
Newcastle fans are desperate to see Benitez commit his future to the club, and hope Ashley’s ways will not force him out.
If Benitez does agree an extension, then there is one transfer-related decision he should make before any other.
While Benitez is surely itching to get new players in, he must make getting rid of Yedlin a priority this summer.
The USA international gave away a penalty against Crystal Palace on Saturday, which Luka Milivojevic duly converted to win the game for the visitors at St. James’ (BBC Sport).
It was a needless foul, and Yedlin held his hands up after the game (via The Evening Telegraph).
Yedlin has served Newcastle well since joining permanently in 2016 for £5 million (Fox Sports), but his defensive capabilities are continually brought into question.
He has been in poor form of late and his latest mistake is perhaps a suggestion that right-back is an area of concern for the Magpies going forwards.
Benitez, if still around, must consider trying to sell the 25-year-old and replacing him with someone more defensively reliable.