DeAndre Yedlin could be heading for the St James’ Park exit door according to Paul Tenorio; The Athletic’s chief reporter over in the United States.
This comes during Tenorio’s appearance on ESPN this week, with him stating that the 26-year-old “is going to look for a move” this summer and is ‘expected’ to move on should a buyer emerge.
A potential exit may come as surprise, as it appears from the outside looking in that Yedlin is settled with life on Tyneside, with the American approaching four years at our club.
Here’s what both Tenorio and MLS commentator John Champion have had to say, suggesting the USA star could be set to move on this summer:
“DeAndre Yedlin is going to look for a move from Newcastle.
“The question is where is he going to go?
“This is a prime example of a player who is on a hefty salary on a team’s books. “
What type of team can afford him, teams in Holland, Germany or the Premier League.”
John Champion – who also covers MLS ‘soccer’ – then said:
“”At the age he is now (26) the next move is the most important of his career.”
He has faced stiff competition for a place this season, with Manquillo, Krafth and Lazaro all competing for that right-wing-back berth in Bruce’s XI. Perhaps he knows his days are numbered ahead of a takeover is looking for a fresh challenge, or even a return Stateside, who knows?
Whether we should believe these rumours is another thing, with ESPN’s “soccer” coverage not always being the most reliable source for football news. However, Yedlin did appear on the show to discuss life in England recently, so they could have inside knowledge of his situation.
Despite our defence and goalkeeper being the strongest area of our current team, the right-back position still proves to be a weak link and is definitely an area we should look to improve on should the takeover be completed.