Could Newcastle benefit from DeAndre Yedlin's absence at next year's World Cup?

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle's hopes of keeping DeAndre Yedlin long-term have been boosted by the United States' failure to reach the biggest stage of all.

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...

International stars plying their trade below the elite at club level often head to World Cup finals tournaments knowing they have the opportunity to earn a big move.

It is something DeAndre Yedlin will be well aware of.

The United States right-back scraped a place in Jurgen Klinsmann's squad for the 2014 World Cup and then, despite sometimes flattering to deceive for Seattle Sounders FC, his performances in Brazil caught the eye of Tottenham Hotspur.

DeAndre Yedlin #2 of United States and Alberto Quintero #19 of Panama fight for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match  at Orlando City Stadium on October 6, 2017 in...

Yedlin's career in London did not pan out quite as he would have hoped, but the defender has developed into a fine player under Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United.

He will not be at next year's World Cup in Russia, however, with USA beaten away to Trinidad and Tobago in qualifying to miss out on the finals - and that could suit Newcastle.

Yedlin's improvement with Benitez's help has been rapid and he boasts a unique athletic skillset that would make him an interesting prospect for any top side.

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...

Having impressed enough three years ago to attract the attention of a top team, the Magpies could reasonably fear that there would be further interest in Yedlin if he starred next summer.

As it is, despite impressing in the recent international break, Yedlin will not be travelling to Russia and Newcastle's chances of keeping a key man have been significantly boosted.

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