DeAndre Yedlin's immense speed sets him apart from previous Newcastle full backs

Deandre Yedlin of Newcastle United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon...

Where other Newcastle men have dismissed their defensive duties to attack, DeAndre Yedlin has the raw qualities to comfortably do both.

Mathieu Debuchy of Newcastle United reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on December 29, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Newcastle United supporters have enjoyed watching some fine attacking right-backs since the Premier League began, with Steve Watson, Habib Beye, Mathieu Debuchy and Daryl Janmaat each enjoying a forward foray.

And DeAndre Yedlin is similar in that sense.

In fact, at the 2014 World Cup - shortly before Yedlin joined Tottenham Hotspur from Seattle Sounders FC - the United States international burst onto the scene in a wide midfield role.

DeAndre Yedlin of the United States controls the ball against Eden Hazard of Belgium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena...

And yet against Liverpool on Sunday, Yedlin showed exactly what might set him apart from Debuchy et al at St James' Park.

It was far from an isolated event, but at one point in the first half, with Liverpool breaking, the Newcastle defender raced back to close down the lightning quick Mohamed Salah - despite giving the winger a significant head-start.

Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin (r) challenges Phillipe Coutinho of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017...

Yedlin is a complete athlete, too, with the jumping ability and durability to match his incredible speed.

The likes of Debuchy would brilliantly join in attacks, but they were then found wanting as the ball raced up the other end and they lacked the legs to recover. That will not happen with Yedlin.

Newcastle's best left-back of the Premier League era saw Jose Enrique dominate his flank with pace and power. Rafa Benitez may well have found the answer on the other side.

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