Tottenham youngster DeAndre Yedlin joins Newcastle - Twitter Reacts
Newcastle have made their ninth signing of the summer window as DeAndre Yedlin joins from Tottenham Hotspur. Rafa Benitez is giving his squad an overhaul this summer and Yedlin is the latest to join Newcastle’s promotion hunt. He has never played in the Championship, but has experience in the MLS and the Premier League.
The US international joins for a fee rumoured to be around £5 million, which represents good business for Newcastle. He is coming to replace Daryl Janmaat, who left earlier in the day for £7.5 million, therefore the club have made a profit of £2.5 million. Yedlin is younger than the Dutchman and could grow into a better full back in the future, especially under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.
The former Tottenham full back will bring pace to Newcastle’s flanks and will relish the opportunity of establishing himself in the first team. He will be competing with Jesus Gamez and Vurnon Anita for a starting place, but he will believe that he can earn it.
Yedlin played for Sunderland last season, which adds some spice to the move. This could be a benefit to Newcastle as the full back knows the area well and will need less time to settle in than the other new signings. He played at St James’ Park in the derby towards the end of the campaign and may need a positive start to avoid the Sunderland connection from doing him any damage.
He rose to prominence during the 2014 World Cup after some good showings for the USA and earned a move to Tottenham as a result. The move didn’t work out as he first hoped as he struggled to get past Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier. However his loan spell at Sunderland showed that he is good enough for the Premier League. At the Stadium of Light, he played a vital role in the resurgence under Sam Allardyce and helped the club stay up.
Despite having ambitions above the Championship, it is a good move for Yedlin as he will get the opportunity to learn from Rafa Benitez, who is one of the best coaches in the world. He needs to improve his positioning and learn when to attack. These are things that he will gain under Benitez and he will finish the season as a much better player. At the age of 23, he has a lot of time left in his career. As such, he should be trying to improve on the pitch as much as possible and playing under Rafa Benitez will help him do that.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:
Some Newcastle fans were happy that Yedlin was replacing Janmaat in the squad:
Janmaat had his moments, but sure as hell not sad to see him go!! Yedlin not the finished product, but that speed… 💨 what an asset! #NUFC
— Liam Hodgson (@LiamHod95on) August 24, 2016
I am very happy Janmaat has left Newcastle and DeAndre Yedlin was signed as his replacement. Yesss!#NUFC
— Kamal Silva (@iKamalSilva) August 24, 2016
A few people have doubts about the American:
It'll be one out & one in with Daryl Janmaat on his way & DeAndre Yedlin set for NUFC medical. That, for me, is a fairly big downgrade.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) August 23, 2016
Not convinced wit Yedlin, rather give Sterry his chance backing Gamez if Janmaat is leaving #nufc but probably Rafa not willing to risk
— bobby martins (@BobbyGoa) August 23, 2016
USMNT fans think its a good move for Yedlin:
— Stephen Meyer (@StephenMeyerRDC) August 24, 2016
— Joe Tansey (@JTansey90) August 24, 2016
The championship is a tremendous league, intense and very tough. It's not a bad place for Yedlin. #USMNT
— Jim Kaufman (@Jim_Kaufman) August 24, 2016
Sunderland fans don’t think he is good anyway:
Sorry to disappoint you #NUFC fans but Yedlin was not our best player last season and he's no better a defender than Janmaat so good luck…
— SAFC Fans (@SafcFans) August 24, 2016
The mags scraping the barrel over Yedlin lol. I might have took more notice of them if they were still in the Premiership #safc
— MrMagoo (@Mr_magoo199) August 23, 2016
Finally, fans of other clubs were impressed at the speed of Newcastle’s business:
— Jamie 🇧🇧 (@RegistaJL) August 24, 2016
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