DeAndre Yedlin had a promising summer with the US Men’s National Team, but despite that, he has still found himself on the outside looking in at Mauricio Pochettino’s plans at Tottenham. Now, he’ll find more consistent playing time after he was sold today to recently relegated club Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee, rumored to be around five million pounds or about $6.6 million.
Yedlin spent last season on loan with Newcastle’s arch-rivals Sunderland, and signed a five year contract with the club. He figures to be high on their depth chart after the club sold previous incumbent right back Daryl Janmaat to Watford for 7.5 million pounds.
“Newcastle is such a big and historic club, and I’m excited to have the honor of playing for them. Hopefully I can do great things here,” the 23-year-old told Newcastle’s official website.
“We have known for a little while of Watford’s interest in Daryl Janmaat, so it was important for us to bring in a replacement immediately,” said Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.
“In DeAndre we have a player who knows English football well. He has good experience, an attacking mentality, ability and great pace.
“I think he can do really well for us and will give us good competition on the right.”
Yedlin only made one 11 minute appearance wearing Spurs colors in an official competition. As he is currently the number one right back on the USMNT’s depth chart, more playing time is an absolute must as the team enters the meat of World Cup Qualification, and he’s going to get it at Newcastle.
It’s a shame he didn’t pan out with Spurs, but this move should give Yedlin more playing time even if he’s now in the Championship, which is not a bad division by any stretch. This is a good move for the player, both clubs, and the USMNT.