DeAndre Yedlin “Learning a lot of new things from Rafa, from Vurnon, even from Dummett”
Speaking ahead of the home match with Bristol City, the message from him is all about personal development and improving as a player to help the team.
The right-back believes that experience is probably the most important factor when it comes to the art of defending.
The USA international saying that he is trying to learn as much as possible from as many people, in order to become a better player.
DeAndre Yedlin cites working with the Newcastle Manager as a major reason for moving to Tyneside but thinks other defenders are helping him as well.
Yedlin declaring ‘I think I am developing and learning a lot of new things from Rafa, from Vurnon, even from Dummett’.
One thing that can’t really be taught is sheer pace and undoubtedly the former Spurs player’s acceleration has been a big plus in both Newcastle’s attacking and defensive play.
Continuing the trend of recent years, Yedlin’s link-up with Matt Ritchie on the right hand side of the pitch is far more dangerous than what comes from the left side, with far more chances and goals flowing from United’s right.
“A nice game against Bristol (City) and then focus again after that.
“It’s going to be tough but if we play to our strengths I think we will be ok.
“If an when we get promoted, everybody will be happy, whether we have played pretty football or not.
“I think I am developing and learning a lot of new things from Rafa, from Vurnon, even from Dummett.
“It has been good and everybody has been very helpful, I think I am progressing well.
“Playing under Rafa was a big reason why I made this move and I knew that I would develop under him, no matter what league it was.
“I think a lot of the defensive positions are based on experience, so in time I hope to be better and better but the goal is to progress as fast as I can.
“First things first I am a defender and the main goal is not to let any goals in, then if I can add something extra to the attack I like to do that.
“One thing I do need to work on is when to shoot and when to cross.
“Everybody is happy but still focused, as there are still a lot of games to play – and some of those are our most important games.”
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