In our latest instalment of the Flashback series, we take a look back at a certain moment and look at how things might have changed those initial reactions.
Newcastle United signed DeAndre Yedlin from Tottenham Hotspur in 2016 and tied the American down to a five-year contract at St. James’ Park following a year on loan from the North London outfit (BBC).
The following seasons have only seen the defender struggle on Tyneside, though, as Yedlin proved to be a long-term issue for former head coach Rafa Benitez.
The Spanish tactician had grown frustrated enough with Yedlin that he wanted to land a replacement for the Washington native had he penned a new contract with the Magpies (Chronicle), having seen the 26-year-old deliver a string of inconsistent performances on route to a bottom-half finish in the Premier League last term.
An injury to Yedlin meant that summer arrival Emil Krafth opened Steve Bruce’s tenure as the first-choice right-back at Newcastle after swiftly despatching Manquillo from the role (WhoScored), but the early negative expectations of the Swedish defender were matched with poor performances against Norwich, Liverpool and Leicester City.
The Foxes 5-0 mauling saw an end to Krafth’s run in the side, too, as Bruce turned to Yedlin (TransferMarkt) against Manchester United and Chelsea having returned from his lay-off at the King Power Stadium.
Yet the 60-cap USMNT international earning his latest appearance for America against Canada during the recent break saw that he struggled at Stamford Bridge and his efforts slammed.
Yedlin’s performance against Manchester United as Newcastle won 1-0 was far more withstanding of the first-choice position he again finds himself in, as the 26-year-old offered a presence in attack and defence.
His only attempted tackle came in the 62nd-minute (WhoScored), though, and his three early tackles against Chelsea preceded a near-40 minute run without another to his name as Frank Lampard’s side upped the pressure with 12 of their total 16 shots.
Yedlin also offered no support in attack with zero dribbles attempted in West London and just three crosses to his name, as well as playing 32 of his 35 passes short as Newcastle were limited with what they could try.
But while Yedlin’s performance crumbled in part to see that some critiqued his efforts, he stayed alert to stop Tammy Abraham from doubling Chelsea’s lead in the 80th-minute when he rushed back to deny the England striker an easy tap-in, after Christian Pulisic squared possession to the 22-year-old.
However, Yedlin has remained a problem for Newcastle throughout his years at St. James’ Park, and will continue to be one all the while his performances are inconsistent.
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