DeAndre Yedlin has been talking about why he chose to move to Newcastle United.
With Tottenham having their usual surplus of full-backs, they had to trim their squad, and the 39 cap United States international was allowed to leave for a reported £4m.
An argument often put forward is that it is harder to convince players to move to the north east than some other parts of the country.
Conversely, it has also been claimed that if you can get a player to come and look around Newcastle Upon Tyne and everything else we love about our region, then it is rare for that not to be a massive positive.
In this case we have Sunderland to thank, as DeAndre Yedlin has revealed that he lived on the (Tyne) Quayside when playing on loan at the mackems last season.
Living on the Gateshead side of the river, the now Newcastle right-back says that he and his family loved it, walking over the river to enjoy what Newcastle has to offer.
More importantly from a football point of view, not surprisingly Yedlin has name-checked the Newcastle boss, saying ‘I’m excited to learn under Rafa Benitez’.
As Sunderland fans have helpfully pointed out, DeAndre Yedlin has loads of pace and gets forward well, but might not have been the best defensively.
However, the player himself has said he has been working particularly hard on this (vital!) part of his game and we can surely expect him to make great strides under Rafa Benitez.
DeAndre Yedlin talking to the official club website:
“It feels amazing, Newcastle is such a big and historic club, I’m excited to have the honour of playing for them. Hopefully I can do great things here..
“I definitely heard things about Newcastle, saw things about Newcastle and, funnily enough, when I was at Seattle I played with Obafemi Martins, so he obviously had some stories about Newcastle.
“He just said playing here was one of his most enjoyable times, and when I went to Sunderland last year I thought about the area, and I could see why – the area is unbelievable up here, and it’s a big reason why I decided to come back up and start with Newcastle.
“Newcastle is a massive club, and I just thought it was the best decision for me.
“I lived at Baltic Quay last year and I had a great time there, it’s close to the city of Newcastle, so you could walk in for food at any time and my family loved it when they visited.
“I know they’re excited about my move back here, so I’m just excited to get started.
“I loved the city when I was up here, so I’m excited to see more of it and experience what it’s like to be a Newcastle player.
“I like to classify myself as an attacking full back and I love to get forward, I’m fast so I think I can use that as a strength to get past defenders.
“Also as a defender, your number one objective is to defend, so it’s a big part of my game that I’ve been working on, and I think I’m improving at that.
“I’m excited to learn under Rafa Benitez as well, he has an amazing resume, and I know he’ll help improve me a lot as well.
“I think naturally I’m a pretty fit guy, so I don’t think I’ll have too many problems with that.
“Sharpness comes with games, so obviously the more games I get the sharper I’ll get. I’m just excited to get started.”