DeAndre Yedlin has become a firm fan favourite already.
There is nothing quite like sheer pace to get supporters on the edge of their seats and against Rotherham he was at the top of his game.
Newcastle’s opening goal was a 60 yard special ball from Jonjo Shelvey, a lung bursting run from DeAndre Yedlin to get on the end of it and volley it into the feet of Daryl Murphy, then the Irish striker supplying a smart turn and finish.
It might have been route one in terms of the speed of the switch in play but it was real high quality football from all involved.
That was almost bettered when Yedlin then ran onto a ball down the right wing, letting it fall over his head and then sprinting away from his markers, seemingly running out of pitch until he moved into fifth (sixth) gear and supplied the cutback for Perez to score Newcastle’s third goal.
Tottenham have almost perfected the art of producing/recruiting attacking full-backs and if Newcastle are to prosper if/when returning to the top level, they really are an essential.
Despite starting only 11 Championship games (plus 4 as sub), the USA international has contributed one goal and four assists already.
Of course the ability to defend is almost pretty important…and the right-back is improving all the time, once again often using his pace when danger threatens.
DeAndre Yedlin welcomes the extra challenge of the FA Cup this weekend and hopefully can help Newcastle into the rare surroundings of the fifth round.
DeAndre Yedlin talking to the Chronicle:
“We could have performed a bit better in the first half (against Rotherham) but in the second half we really turned it up and the team did well – an all round good team performance.
“I try to bring whatever I can to the table and fortunately for me, against Rotherham I found some good spots and picked a couple of guys out who had made good runs into the box.
“We must keep putting pressure on Brighton to get good results and we are also looking to keep creating a gap between us and the third placed team.
“We’re going to their (Oxford’s) home ground and it will be a tough place to play, a lower league team is always tough in this situation.
“If we can play to our potential though, we will be alright.
“It’s an opportunity and every competition you play in you want to do well, so we will be looking to do well for ourselves, the club and the fans.”