Steve Bruce has refused to rule out an exit DeAndre Yedlin as he goes in search of regular first-team football – but insists he’ll be happy to keep the American if no move materialises.
This comes a few days on from Sky Sports’ claim that he was ‘close’ to sealing a surprise move to Besiktas on a free – something that Bruce has played down, despite accepting he may be moved on.
On the subject of outgoings, Bruce believes his “most difficult job” is to now keep everyone happy, with there not only big competition in several areas of the pitch but a few fringe men who must be managed carefully – whether they seal summer exits or not.
Here’s what Bruce has had to say when asked about Yedlin’s future after a rare start for him at Morecambe last night:
“The most difficult job that I’ve got is keeping everybody happy.
“Ultimately, we have to make the decision on 22 players. There’s the difficult situation itself.
“I am sure that DeAndre wants to play regularly.
“We have three recognised right-backs at the club which is not really that healthy to be honest.
“However, DeAndre is somebody I like, as a pro, as a player.”
“We will see what happens.
“There’ll be a lot of speculation flying around but I have no problem with DeAndre hanging around.”
“He’s like a lot of them when they’re not involved.
“He just wants to play. I can understand that.”
We’ve sent Muto and Lejeune out on loan, we have a few players in Yedlin’s boat – with the likes of Christian Atsu also tipped to leave after slipping down the pecking order.
Then you have Aarons, Lazaar and Saivet. Three players who are out of Bruce’s plans entirely, yet players who are still earning a wage and on our books as we look to trim our squad over the next 11 days to make room for a few additions.
Back to Yedlin, it feels like a suitable move for all parties if we cash in while we can this summer – especially when his exit could free up some room for a much needed loan signing or two.