Worry that Newcastle star may miss Huddersfield due to international duty
A bit of a strange time for Newcastle United and the fans, a great result against Southampton, but then three weeks until they have a chance to follow that up with a positive result against Huddersfield at St James Park.
Ironic that with such a long gap, Newcastle are at risk of losing a first team regular through international duty.
The USMNT sees their fixtures not always timed in an ideal way when it comes to English/European football.
Their next game is on Wednesday 28 March at home to Paraguay.
DeAndre Yedlin is now a key player for the US side as they try to rebuild after a disastrous World Cup qualification process.
The good news is that the Paraguay game is a friendly but not so good, is that this match is only the third of three games that interim manager Dave Sarachan will have had with the national side, before June and more friendlies.
DeAndre Yedlin played in Sarachan’s first game, which was an excellent 1-1 draw with Portugual.
However, he was allowed to miss the second game as it was played only two days before Newcastle faced Burnley in a 1-1 draw on 31 January. Whether the USMNT will once again be so understanding remains to be seen – but if Yedlin did play against Paraguay, he wouldn’t return until surely the Friday (30 March) at the earliest to the UK, meaning no chance of starting the next day against Huddersfield.
Yedlin might not have been as noticeable in recent games but with Newcastle being more expansive against the likes of Southampton and Bournemouth, even relatively so against Man Utd, I think we see the best of the right-back.
The more Newcastle attack, then I believe the more useful DeAndre Yedlin becomes, due to his electric pace.
On Saturday, it was amusing to see Nathan Redmond try to run him a couple of times but Yedlin effortlessly more than matched him. I think this natural attribute is something that maybe some Newcastle fans have started to take for granted – but which is a massive help to the team at times.
“Rafa kind of preached – that we needed to focus for the whole game (against Southampton) not just 80 minutes or even 85 minutes (like at Bournemouth).
“It needs to be for 90 or 93 minutes, or whatever it might be, needs to be for the whole game.
“That’s what we did (against Southampton) we stayed on top of them, stayed high.
“At 3-0 up we were staying high, it shows that we are progressing and it has come at a good time.
“It was very important, obviously not only for the points but also to keep the momentum going.
“Two wins in two here (at St James Park), two big wins.
“Good that we didn’t give up any goals, kept clean sheets in both games that we played here, obviously very happy with the result and focused on the next game.
“Unbelievable (atmosphere v Southampton)), always a wonderful stadium to play in and the fans were unbelievable again.
“We really fed off their energy and they helped keep us going, we can’t thank them enough, it was a big win,
“It’s one of those things, you don’t want to go into this kind of break off a loss and even closer to the relegation zone – it has boosted us right up the table (to 13th).”
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