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Tough love Jurgen Klinsmann verdict on Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin

5 years ago

Jurgen Klinsmann had some tough words for DeAndre Yedlin after the latest round of internationals.

The Newcastle right-back played the first half last Friday as the USA won 2-0 in Cuba, Klinsmann making numerous substitutions and giving most of the squad time on the pitch.

However, on Tuesday the USA boss tried out a new formation and played 4-3-3 with DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green playing as wingers in support of former Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw with Julian Green scoring the USA goal, although DeAndre Yedlin went close to scoring his first ever international goal which would have put the Jurgen Klinsmann team two up, only for the visiting keeper to pull off an excellent save.

DeAndre Yedlin played the full 90 minutes but his Manager wasn’t too impressed.

Jurgen Klinsmann:

“In the last camp (September internationals) and in this camp, he (Yedlin) struggled, that is just reality.”

American fans were though generally sympathetic to the Newcastle player, believing Klinsmann had made a mistake in messing DeAndre Yedlin around and putting him into an attacking role, at a time when he was growing in confidence at right-back.

Referring to the get together in September, Yedlin played the full 90 minutes at right-back as the USA won 6-0 away at St Vincent and the Grenadines.

However, a booking in that match led to a suspension for the following game against Trinidad & Tobago, with the former Spurs player allowed to come home early to Newcastle to prepare for the Championship match against Derby County.

DeAndre Yedlin of course coming off the bench and putting in an impressive cameo and scoring the goal that sealed the 2-0 win.

Signing for a new club and at the same time being used in a different formation by Jurgen Klinsmann as he tries out new ideas, was always going to be a challenge for the player.

However, Yedlin already looks to have won over most fans on Tyneside with his explosive pace and readiness to get up and down the pitch.


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