Tottenham supporters have been pretty satisfied in recent times after seeing their side record a third successive Premier League victory at the weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with Newcastle United at Wembley off the back of narrow wins over Watford and Fulham in their preceding two league clashes, and knowing that all three points against Rafa Benitez’s men would very much keep them in title contention. And they did just that as a late Son Heung-min strike was enough to seal a 1-0 success for Spurs at the national stadium, with Liverpool’s draw at West Ham on Monday leaving Pochettino’s side just five points adrift of the Reds and indeed Manchester City at the summit.
Thus, there have been many delighted Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, with Saturday seeing DeAndre Yedlin return to face his former club with Benitez’s Magpies, two-and-a-half years after swapping the capital with the North East.
In fact, Spurs made a tidy £2.97 million profit on the defender, having signed him for £2.34 million (as per Transfermarkt) back in 2014 and then selling him for £5.31 million (as per Transfermarkt) in 2016, but given his importance to Newcastle as well in recent years, it’s clear that all parties have done very well out of the deal.
Ultimately, Yedlin made the move to Spurs back in 2014 after impressing at Seattle Sounders, yet only actually went on to appear once for the North Londoners in his two years at the club, coming off the bench for an 11-minute cameo in their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa back in April 2015.
As such, for Tottenham to earn anything from the right back’s departure would represent something of a success given how little football he played at the club, but for them to ultimately make a profit underlines what a shrewd call it was from Pochettino to sell the defender – yet Newcastle have done well out of the deal as well.
And that’s because Yedlin, capped 57 times by the United States at senior level, has become a mainstay in Benitez’s side since moving to St James’ Park back in 2016, appearing 89 times in all for the Magpies over the last two-and-a-half years, including 34 appearances in the Premier League last time round as they finished tenth under the Spaniard.
And that was all after the 25-year-old joining Newcastle to aid them with their Championship campaign in 2016/17 as they sought an immediate return to the top tier, with Yedlin certainly doing his bit with 27 appearances in the second tier, in which time he laid on six assists as the Magpies won the division.
Add in appearances in all but two of their 25 Premier League games this time round, and it’s pretty clear just how integral the American has become at Newcastle in recent seasons – he is without doubt the number one right back at St James’ Park, and doing a good job in the process.
So while Spurs did well to sell the defender for £5.31 million, Newcastle themselves have also benefitted from a shrewd move for the United States international – clearly, both sides have won from Benitez’s shrewd decision to sign the right back back in 2016.
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