DeAndre Yedlin enjoys unexpected comeback with Newcastle United

Does he leave in January or leave in June?

Until recently, those appeared to be the only ways out-of-favor DeAndre Yedlin, who is in the last year of his contract at Newcastle United, might get regular playing time.

The 27-year-old American will still likely be leaving Newcastle after five seasons, but he is enjoying an unexpected comeback with the Magpies.

The writing has been on the wall since the summer when Yedlin started just two games after play in the 2019-20 Premier League season resumed. For the first three months of the new season, he didn't play and rarely even dressed for Premier League matches.

But then December came, and the Magpies were depleted by a COVID-19 outbreak, one of the worst in Europe. Their match against Aston Villa on Dec. 1 was postponed and training ground was closed.

The two players worst affected have been English center back Jamaal Lascelles and French forward Allan Saint-Maximin, who have not played since Nov. 21. Newcastle manager Steve Bruce identified Lascelles and Saint-Maximin as having suffered "damaging effects" of the coronavirus and "struggling for a while with it."

Both right backs ahead of Yedlin -- Spaniard Javier Manquillo and Swede Emil Krafth -- have been sidelined due to COVID-19, and four of the Newcastle's five starting defenders -- Federico Fernandez, Fabian Schar, Manquillo and Lascelles -- have missed playing time because of the virus.

The layoffs paved the way for Yedlin to return to action. He came on as a sub against West Brom on Dec. 12 -- his first league appearance in almost five months -- and started the last three games at right back, including Wednesday's 0-0 tie with first-place Liverpool.

Despite his solid play for Newcastle, which sits in 14th place eight points out of the relegation zone, Yedlin still finds himself in the same position he was in the summer. He is likely to return to the bench when Manquillo is healthy, but he can't leave unless Newcastle lets him go.

Surprisingly, Newcastle held on to Yedlin for the final year of his contract despite having to shell out £2 million ($2.7 million) a year for its third-choice right back.

Turkish club Besiktas was reportedly ready to sign Yedlin in September, but Newcastle wanted a transfer fee. Now, multiple reports suggest he could move to another Turkish club, Trabzonspor, but only if the Magpies let him go without a transfer fee and pay part of his salary.

6 comments about "DeAndre Yedlin enjoys unexpected comeback with Newcastle United".
  1. Phil Hardy, December 31, 2020 at 10:37 a.m.

    He really did look pretty good against Liverpool. Made a game saving tackle on Salah. Amazing it took 5 guys out for him to get a look in. He looked fast and fresh. 

  2. beautiful game replied, December 31, 2020 at 12:52 p.m.

    Consistency is what matters. One 8-rating performance means nothing. Making the right decisions and executing has been a hit and miss during his EPL career. Yedlin always had the physical tools , and hopefully the performance against Liverpool is a sign of better things to come. 

  3. Grant Goodwin, December 31, 2020 at 1:31 p.m.

    So glad to see DeAndre get his shot.  Keep it up.  

  4. Sam Bellin, December 31, 2020 at 3:15 p.m.

    Yedlin played a very strong game on both sides of the ball against Liverpool.  He's always been fast and pretty good moving forward, and he looked much more alert to danger and decisive in breaking up plays.  He at least held his own 1 v 1 against Sadio Mane and not many can say that.  Great work DeAndre!  Maybe he can win his way back into the U.S. side?

  5. R2 Dad, January 1, 2021 at 10:14 p.m.

    but only if the Magpies let him go without a transfer fee and pay part of his salary

    Not sure why Turkey would be attractive for Yedlin. Bournemouth or Swansea might be a better environment.

  6. Bob Ashpole replied, January 2, 2021 at 4:02 a.m.

    Newcastle had some say on where he would end up this year, but when he is out of contract he probably will be looking at other clubs in the EPL. And his current club can't stop him.

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