Newcastle United's DeAndre Yedlin celebrates with team mates
There will be many a Newcastle United fan now looking back at their last season in the Premier League, wondering why the club didn't manage to sign some of the players they brought in in the summer, a little earlier.
One player in particular who has really impressed Newcastle United fans since arriving at St James' Park is American right-back DeAndre Yedlin.
Starting his career with Seattle Sounders, Yedlin moved to England in 2015 to join Tottenham Hotspur. Seen as great competition for Kyle Walker after several outstanding displays at the World Cup, Yedlin struggled for game time with Tottenham, and eventually departed White Hart Lane on loan for his current club's biggest rivals, Sunderland.
Tottenham Hotspur loanee DeAndre Yedlin at Sunderland
Impressing under Sam Allardyce, Yedlin went on to play a major part in Sunderland's survival in the Premier League. Matching Dutch left-back Patrick Van Aanholt for pace down the right hand side, Yedlin became a popular figure amongst Black Cats fans, and many were upset not to see the American signed permanently in the summer.
To rub salt in that wound, Sunderland fans would then have to witness the right-back sign for Newcastle United, who brought the former Spurs man in as one of their first signings in the summer.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez with DeAndre Yedlin
Making 19 appearances so far for the Magpies, scoring one goal for the side, Yedlin has been a revelation down the right-hand side for Rafa Benitez this season. Pacy, powerful with an eye for goal and an even better eye for a cross, Yedlin is now arguably the best right-back in the Championship, proving his worth several times over.
With Premier League football looking like a likely outcome for Newcastle United come the end of the season, Magpies fans can rest assured that they've got the right-back position ready and sorted for next season.
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez celebrates with DeAndre Yedlin
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