Wednesday, American international DeAndre Yedlin officially completed his transfer to Newcastle United. The fullback will be moving on from Tottenham and White Hart Lane, as he heads up north to the historic St. James’ Park.
After impressing scouts during the 2014 World Cup, the rising star was sought out by a number of large clubs. Ultimately, Tottenham completed the historic transfer fee for the youngster, paying £2.5 million to pry him away from his hometown Seattle Sounders. Though Yedlin was meant to be a promising player for Spurs, he was always behind Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier in the pecking order.
After making a lone appearance for the club last spring, he went on loan to another Premier League side in Sunderland, instantly gaining a place in the starting lineup. Sunderland was also keen on keeping Yedlin permanently, but could not match Newcastle’s £5 million bid.
Though Newcastle were relegated this past season, playing consistently in the Championship should provide the 23-year-old with good experience, especially under manager Rafa Benitez.
Said Yedlin of this new opportunity, “I’m excited to learn under Rafa Benitez as well. He has an amazing resume and I know he will help improve me a lot. I can’t wait to get started.”
Yedlin will obviously be eager to get back playing in the Premiership, and should be an integral piece as Newcastle try to win promotion this year. Now that Newcastle have sold incumbent right back Daryl Janmaat, it will be Yedlin’s job to lose. New manager Benitez said of his most recent signing, “In DeAndre we have a player who knows English football well. He has good experience, an attacking mentality, ability and great pace.”
Hopefully for Yedlin and US fans, Newcastle find a way to get promoted back into the Premier League. While one year in the Championship is tolerable, don’t expect USMNT manager to be too pleased should Yedlin play the entirety of his 5 year deal in England’s second division.