USMNT star DeAndre Yedlin completes £5m move to Newcastle from Spurs

US International right-back DeAndre Yedlin has completed a move to English Championship side Newcastle United for a reported fee of £5 million after making just one senior appearance for Tottenham Hotspur.

Yedlin’s move to Newcastle should guarantee him first-team football as he has replaced Dutch full-back Daryl Janmaat, who joined Watford earlier today.

The 23-year-old moved to England from the Seattle Sounders in January 2015 but struggled to force his way into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.

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A loan move to fellow Premier League side Sunderland last September saw Yedlin develop his talents under Sam Allardyce, but he was still behind Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier in the Spurs pecking order once returning to North London and so a move elsewhere makes sense.

Yedlin will have undoubtedly angered Sunderland fans with a move to fierce north-east rivals Newcastle but he is now looking to impress on a weekly basis under Rafa Benitez as the Magpies look for an immediate return to the top flight.

Yedlin made a total of 23 league appearances for Sunderland last season, and became an integral part of the team as they escaped relegation, starting all of the Black Cats’ final 13 matches.

He will now hope to build on those displays at the top end of the Championship with his new teammates, while regular playing time will also keep him at the forefront of Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT plans.

Is the move to Newcastle a good one for DeAndre Yedlin? Is he too good for the Championship?

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Stats: Could this USMNT star help keep Sunderland in the Premier League?

USA international DeAndre Yedlin started a Premier League game for the first time since early December as he helped Sunderland beat Manchester United 2-1 in their last outing on February 13.

The right-back was struggling to work his way back into the side after being dragged off after just 19 minutes of the 1-0 home defeat against Watford on December 12, but Yedlin hasn’t been fazed and hopes to retain his starting berth.

“Being a young player, it’s something I have to overcome because things like that are going to happen,” he told the BBC.

“I’ve tried to work as hard as I can and get back into the team. That’s happened and hopefully I can keep my spot. You’re going to have highs and lows, but it’s how you get through the lows.”

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The 22 year old left MLS side Seattle Sounders for Premier League club Tottenham in January 2015, where he made just one appearance before being sent on-loan to Sunderland in September 2015.

He’s since battled for a place in the side with English teammate, Billy Jones, and here is how the two have compared statistically for Sunderland in the Premier League this season.

Stats comparison: DeAndre Yedlin vs Billy Jones

Stats comparison: DeAndre Yedlin vs Billy Jones (PL 2015/16)

The numbers show that the Black Cats have a higher win percentage, as well as a lower loss percentage when Yedlin starts instead of Jones, and consequently they pick up more points-per-game with the American in the side.

Despite a respectable campaign with Sunderland so far, Yedlin may have a job on his hands if he maintains hopes of one day becoming the first-choice right-back at his parent club Spurs.

Current Tottenham right-back’s, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier, have both slightly outperformed their younger counterpart this season, as you can see from the table below.

Stats comparison: Yedlin vs Sunderland and Spurs right-back's

Stats comparison (via Squawka): Yedlin vs Sunderland and Spurs right-back’s (PL 2015/16)

Yedlin may have to consider his options come May, as a permanent deal at Sunderland or another Premier League club may be a better choice, but he says he’ll give his all whoever he plays for.

“Whatever happens, happens. That’s how my thought process has always been. Obviously if my path is with Tottenham then I’m very happy, I’m going to fight and do all that I can to help them.

“If it’s not then, whatever team I am with, I am going to fight to help them, that’s how my mind has always been,” he said.

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USA’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has also recently said how important it is for Yedlin to continue to be involved in the first-team picture at club level.

“Obviously every time he gets on the field and gets minutes, it’s huge for us,” said Klinsmann, as reported by the Sunderland Echo.

“We monitor him and talk to him, so hopefully he gets even more minutes in the upcoming weeks.

“He’s very talented obviously, but he still knows that he has a way to go and a lot to learn.”

What have you made of DeAndre Yedlin since he came to the Premier League?

Getting Stuck In: Should they stay or should they go?

The Getting Stuck In column delves into some of the more intriguing aspects in US Soccer and MLS, shining a light on the stories regarding the league’s teams and its most-loved characters. This week Dave Lewis looks into whether American players should strive to play in Europe or keep their feet grounded on home soil…

When Jurgen Klinsmann claimed that he wanted American players to push themselves to play at the highest level, he intentionally took a jab at MLS. Actually, it was more like a slap. The American soccer landscape shook. Just this week, Klinsmann’s second in command Andi Herzog was quoted as saying: “Our goal is to get as many players to Europe as possible.”

How could Klinsy dismiss MLS this way? I mean, this is his adopted country where he gets his tan and laid back SoCal vibe. And with so many MLS players on his January roster (20), why alienate them? How does that help his cause?

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It’s no secret Europe is the highest level when it comes to soccer, with Champions League football being the toughest competition out there. And Helen Keller could see that MLS is nowhere near the level of Europe in general. That being said, the American player has always faced a dilemma: ‘Do I stay in the States and play college, get drafted by an MLS team and maybe get a shot in Europe later, or do I try and ply my trade in Europe right away (given the chance)?’

So many players have made the wrong choice. They either went too early or too late to Europe. Or they never go at all, leaving US fans wondering, what if.

Landon Donovan, arguably America’s finest footballer, did go to Europe but was all over the map – literally. His journey is the best example of what American footballers face; chaos and confusion.  He was brave and bold by going over to Germany as a teenager, playing with Bayer Leverkusen. Most players would recognize this as a dream – the Bundesliga, a big club, living in Germany – But he just never adjusted to the German culture. Donovan was just homesick (or maybe a victim of an unwritten anti-US bias). He was subsequently loaned to San Jose in MLS. When given another chance with Leverkusen years later, he lasted just seven games before getting homesick again.

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Many US fans dubbed Donovan a bust in Europe despite having won two MLS Cups before the age of 23. It’s obvious LD went too young. But when Bayern Munich and his former Cal pal and Bayern manager Jurgen Klinsmann called in his late twenties, well, we all thought this was it. LD will do work for the Bavarian giants. But he worked for only six miserable games on loan. He would go on to have two incredible loan spells with Everton near the end of his career, that included winning a player of the month honour. His performances would leave me and my buddy Eric glued to the television going bananas with pride over how he looked like a legit Premier League player. But the verdict on LD’s career has to be MLS rich, European poor.

Players are plucked at different points from MLS rosters with varying degrees of success. Clint Dempsey (Revs) was young. Brian McBride (Crew) was old. And Carlos Bocanegra (Fire) was somewhere in between. They all are legends with Fulham so their timing was right. But the timing for players like Jozy Altidore was probably all wrong.

Jozy did well with the Red Bulls (37 games and 15 goals) and caught Villarreal’s attention while still a teenager. He was raw, but again Helen Keller could have seen he had talent. After a few loan spells he went to Hull and laid an egg: 1 goal in 28 appearances. Then, after crushing the Dutch League (my grandmother could score in that league and she has no left foot), he went to Sunderland and laid an even bigger egg: 1 goal in 42. As a result, most would label him a European catastrophe.

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So Jozy went back to MLS where maybe he belonged all along. Some think Jozy got a fair chance in Europe. But some would say the deck was stacked against him from the start. Hull and Sunderland were bottom-dwelling teams clawing their way to stay up. Most managers don’t trust unknown commodities like US players to save their clubs and their jobs.

Fair? Not really. US players may lack technical skills and flair but they work hard, are extremely fit and are total professionals. That’s why when ex-Sounder DeAndre Yedlin got subbed after 18 minutes for Sunderland in December I thought: “Man, he sure wasn’t ready for England, and he sure didn’t deserve that.”

So now, with the January transfer window open, I thought I would look at three US players linked with European moves and evaluate whether they should stay in MLS or listen to Klinsy.

Matt Miazga – Age 20 – Central Defender – New York Red Bulls

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Rumors: The Polish-American (hasn’t decided which national team to play for) was linked in the fall to Chelsea, Leicester, Stoke and Swansea.

What he does well: Strong in the air, exceptional pace for his size and defends set pieces like a warrior.

What he needs to work on: Ball at his feet, less fouling and temper.

Stay or go?: Will he sit on a bench in Europe if he goes? If he goes to the Prem, most likely. Germany? Less likely. His game needs to develop and getting matches under his belt in MLS (only 34 appearances so far) defending against the likes of Drogba, Villa, Kamara, Giovinco and Keane can’t hurt. STAY (for now)!

 

Jordan Morris – Age 21 – Forward – Unattached

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Rumors: Is training with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen this month but could sign with his hometown club, Seattle Sounders, who own his MLS rights.

What he does well: Bullish approach to the game like a young Wayne Rooney; physically gifted with good speed.

What he needs to work on: Defense, pro experience

Stay or go?: This is a strange case. Usually a player like Morris, who just finished his junior year at Stanford, would go to MLS. But he already has a goal and seven caps for the national team, which is unheard of for a college player. He wants to play in Europe. His tenacity and high IQ would work well in Germany. GO!

 

Gyasi Zardes – Age 24 – Forward/winger – LA Galaxy

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Rumors: The US international has been linked to Reading in the Championship and Belgian side Gent, while more recently there was an offer from an unnamed Championship side for $3 million.

What he does well: Big, strong and powerful, runs well down the flanks, links well with midfielders.

What he needs to work on: Passing.

Stay or go?: In 2014 he was a goal-scoring machine for the Galaxy. Struggled a bit in 2015. But he had a breakout year with the national team as Klinsmann used him as a winger. This is a tough call. Is the Championship that much better than MLS (a debate for another day)? Will he develop playing in a smaller league like in Belgium? He is 24, making decent money and playing for an MLS glamour club. STAY!

USMNT star joins Sunderland from Spurs on season-long loan deal

Sunderland have secured the services of young Tottenham right-back DeAndre Yedlin on a season-long loan deal today, just before Tuesday’s transfer window slammed shut in England.

Yedlin was signed by Spurs from Seattle Sounders last August but had to wait until January to complete his move to Europe. He has struggled to get any game time under Mauricio Pochettino, making just one senior appearance, and will hope a move to Sunderland will help him develop.

The Black Cats have started the season in poor form and sit bottom of the Premier League table after four matches. They have strengthened late on in the transfer window, however, and Dick Advocaat will hope to turn things around from here on in.

Yedlin has made 23 appearances for the US Men’s National Team over the past two years and is a part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Peru and Brazil.

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He will then return to England to team up with his new Sunderland teammates ahead of their next Premier League game against, would you believe it, Tottenham.

Spurs have surely implemented the usual loan clause that will not allow the pacey 22-year-old defender to face his parent club and so his debut will likely come in the away clash with AFC Bournemouth on September 19.

Many have questioned whether Yedlin will be able to shine in the Premier League as he did in MLS before joining Spurs, but he is sure to answer many of the questions as a part of a Sunderland defence that has conceded ten goals in four matches – more than any other top flight side.

Is a move to Sunderland a good one for DeAndre Yedlin?

Preview and Prediction: MLS All-Stars vs Tottenham Hotspur

Competition: 2015 MLS All-Star Game – MLS All-Stars vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Colorado – Wednesday, July 29 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: MLS All-Stars 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – Spurs 6/4

Match Preview

The 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game will see the best in MLS take on Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in what should be a great game at the Colorado Rapids’ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday night.

This will be the 11th time the best players in MLS have lined up against a club from Europe and Spurs will be the sixth Premier League club to take part in the match in what is their first All-Star appearance.

Tottenham have strong links across the USA with the likes of Kasey Keller, Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and current squad member DeAndre Yedlin all plying their trade in England for the Lilywhites, so the club will see Wednesday’s match as another fantastic opportunity to expand their fanbase stateside.

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Mauricio Pochettino will watch his side face their toughest preseason test so far as the 2015 League Cup runners-up have only played low-key friendlies behind closed doors so far.

The MLS All-Stars beat Bayern Munich 2-1 last year as they put in a remarkable performance against the German giants and Spurs will be hoping to prevent the All-Stars from winning back-to-back games for the first time since 2008.

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The All-Stars have a 4-2-1 record against Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Manchester United and West Ham in past games and know they have a great chance in beating Spurs as they have what is probably the strongest ever MLS squad.

Stars such as Sebastian Giovinco, Laurent Ciman, Kaka and David Villa have all joined MLS this season and will make their All-Star debuts on Wednesday night alongside regular stars such as Clint Dempsey, Omar Gonzalez and Nick Rimando.

The MLS All-Star Games always guarantee goals and entertainment throughout. That should be no different on Wednesday as there will be a wealth of attacking talent on display from both sides.

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Spurs need to impress as their Premier League opener against Manchester United will be just 10 days away after the All-Star game ends, with a trip to Germany to face Real Madrid and then Bayern Munich or AC Milan in the Audi Cup taking place next week.

Team News

This year’s MLS All-Star squad is probably the strongest ever seen. World stars such as Kaka, David Villa and Clint Dempsey will all look to inspire the best in MLS to victory against Spurs on Wednesday night. Dempsey will be facing his former club and will be looking to shine. MLS leading goalscorers Sebastian Giovinco and Kei Kamara are also included as Pablo Mastroeni has a wealth of attacking talent to choose from. Frank Lampard and Obafemi Martins were selected but miss out through injury, with Dax McCarty replacing Lampard in a midfield slot. While Chris Tierney, Michael Bradley, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane have all pulled out late though injury. Gyasi Zardes, Juninho, Waylon Francis, Ethan Finlay and Sam Cronin have replaced them. Keane was set to face his former side but misses out.

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Spurs have taken a 25-man squad to Denver for their first-ever MLS All-Star game, though notable absentees include Vlad Chiriches, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado – all of whom are linked with moves away this summer. Familiar stars such as Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris are all still included though as Mauricio Pochettino is likely to field a strong lineup. Former Seattle Sounders right-back DeAndre Yedlin will hope to start at right-back ahead of Kyle Walker and new signing Kieran Trippier, while fellow new arrivals Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer are both likely to see game time too.

Key Points

MLS All-Star’s last five: L/L/W/L/W

Tottenham’s last five: L/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: There have been 29 goals in the seven MLS All-Star games against Premier League opposition since 2005 – an average of 4.1 per game.

Key Players:

MLS All-Stars: Fabian Castillo – The Colombian speedster is always a threat on the wing and comes into the game off the back of five straight wins with FC Dallas. The All-Stars have a wealth of talent but Castillo is a player who will be desperate to impress and could enjoy a fast-paced battle with DeAndre Yedlin down the flank.

Tottenham: Harry Kane – Kane will be looking to pick up where he left off after an incredible Premier League season last term. He impressed on Tottenham’s US preseason tour last year and will look to bag at least one goal on American soil once again here.

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Score Prediction

MLS All-Stars 3-3 Tottenham – Expecting a really entertaining game in Colorado, though it’s difficult to pick a winner. Both teams should thrive in attack but could be vulnerable defensively to such quality players on both sides. This is not one you want to miss.

TRANSFER ROUNDUP: United closing on £43m mega deal, Spurs man labels exit talk ‘crazy’

Daily transfer roundup (Tuesday, June 23)

MLS Rumours

The New York Red Bulls are being linked with a move for Romanian winger Victoras Astafei, and have been in discussions over a possible deal throughout June. (REPORT)

Recently released Birmingham City defender Will Packwood is now on trial with New York Red Bulls after spending time with New England Revolution earlier this month. (REPORT)

Recently released Southampton goalkeeper Cody Cropper has turned down a return home to play in America. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Manchester United are ready to offer Real Madrid £21 million as well as £22 million-rated goalkeeper David De Gea to secure the signing of Sergio Ramos, but will have to offer him £260,000-a-week. (REPORT)

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Tottenham right-back DeAndre Yedlin has laughed off rumours linking him with a loan move away from Spurs, just six months after completing his move to the Premier League. (REPORT)

Sunderland are looking to move for West Ham playmaker Stewart Downing this summer. (REPORT)

Done Deals (Including Monday, 22nd)

Swansea City have signed 26-year-old Sweden international goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt from Dutch side Heerenveen. (REPORT)

James McClean has opted to stay in England despite interest from MLS by signing for West Bromwich Albion for £1.5 million. (REPORT)

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Southampton have signed Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg on loan for the season. (REPORT)

Norwich City have agreed a deal to sign Youssouf Mulumbu from West Brom. (REPORT)

Spurs man puts pressure on Pochettino ahead of next season

Former Seattle Sounders star DeAndre Yedlin has seen little playing time at Tottenham Hotspur so far but admits the club’s post-season tour has been great for him.

Yedlin, 21, has every intention to break into the Spurs squad next season, which will give Mauricio Pochettino selection headaches, as he has more than one option at right-back.

“It’s been an interesting first few months here for me and I see it as a very positive time,” Yedlin told Spurs’ official website. “Obviously I came here to play but I came to learn as well and these six months have been great, I’ve really learnt a lot already.

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“But I’m already excited about next year. It will be a clean slate when we come back, so hopefully I will do well during the international break and I’ll come back flying next season.”

Yedlin made his first appearance for Spurs in their home loss against Aston Villa at the tail end of the 2014/15 Premier League season, but featured more prominently in their recent post-season tour of Malaysia and Australia.

“It’s been a great chance to bond with the team, to see a different side to the players and get to see different cities and cultures.

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“It was really enjoyable to be out here and great to play in both matches. There was a real sense of excitement in the crowds at both matches, it took me back to the feeling we had playing the World Cup in Brazil last summer. It was special.”

Yedlin has high hopes for the coming Premier League season and he will be expecting to feature more as he continues to adapt to the English game. His pace and power give him the ideal qualities to play down the right-hand side and we can expect to see those qualities in the Gold Cup if he is selected for the US Men’s National Team.

The USMNT look to defend their CONCACAF Gold Cup title on home soil in July. Yedlin could potentially face Honduras, Haita and Panama in the group stage of the competition.

Will we see more of Yedlin next season and will he be an asset for Spurs?

Former Sounders star in trouble as Spurs linked with £3.5m defender

Former Seattle Sounders star, DeAndre Yedlin, could find himself further down the pecking order at Tottenham Hotspur as they are interested in Burnley‘s Kieran Trippier, according to the Telegraph.

Yedlin, who linked up with Spurs in January 2015, signed a four-year deal in August 2014, and has made just one Premier League appearance. The 21-year-old speedster could see his playing time further limited if Spurs sign Trippier.

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The US international can be used as a winger, but his preferred and arguably best position is at right-back. With Spurs looking to add Trippier to their squad, Yedlin would be one of four right-back options at the club and he has next to no Premier League experience.

At this moment in time a loan away from Spurs could be a good move for Yedlin as his playing time looks as if it will be limited. If he can gain some Premier League experience he has a chance of showing why Spurs wanted to bring him to the club.

Yedlin will hope to impress Pochettino in Spurs’ pre-season and he will more than likely be called up for the US Men’s National Team squad for the upcoming Gold Cup.

What does Spurs’ interest in Trippier mean for DeAndre Yedlin?

DeAndre Yedlin targeting first team after learning from Spurs star

Former Seattle Sounders full-back DeAndre Yedlin thinks he can break into the Tottenham first team by following everything first-choice right-back Kyle Walker does.

The pacy 21-year-old joined Spurs in January and is hoping to break into the first team, having yet to have made an appearance, but admits he is a similar option for manager Mauricio Pochettino to consider.

“I think Kyle and I are similar players — a lot of people say that. I pay attention to a lot of what he does, not only on the field but off it, too,” Yedlin told the London Evening Standard.

“What time he gets in to training, what time he leaves, what kind of stuff he eats, how long he is in the gym and what his training habits are.”

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Yedlin stated that Walker has helped him to settle into the club and the USMNT star is relishing every moment of his time with Spurs so far.

“He’s been my closest friend at the club. He’s been excellent and I’m fortunate to be able to work with him.”

Yedlin is having to be patient at Spurs and it has been reported that Pochettino hasn’t got plans to use him this season. But he certainly possesses the qualities to replicate Kyle Walker, as we saw at the World Cup in 2014, and we can expect him to be competing for a full-back role next campaign.

A loan move to another English club is a possibility to get Yedlin playing regular football as sitting out of action for long periods of time is not doing his development any favours.

Will DeAndre Yedlin be a hit with Spurs? 

Mauricio Pochettino reiterates Spurs “expect much” from Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin has yet to make a first-team appearance with Tottenham since officially joining the club at the start of January but Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he is still very much part of the club’s plans going forward.

Yedlin quite literally burst onto the scene with the US Men’s National Team at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil as he made three appearances and those displays prompted Spurs to splash out £2.5 million for his services.

At just 21, the former Seattle Sounders right-back has a long time to improve his game, and Pochettino has revealed that it will take time to ensure he is ready for action with Tottenham when he eventually makes his debut.

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“DeAndre only recently arrived in London, and like all young players needs to go through an adaption period, where he gets to know a new way and new culture,” the head coach told FutbolMLS.com.

“We have to work this transition carefully and slowly, giving him the necessary time to be able to acclimate on and off the field. Then, he will be able to show off his qualities.

“But it’s obvious that if he’s here, it’s because we expect much from him.”

Yedlin was named as US Soccer’s Young Athlete of the Year for 2014 and is a player blessed with pace and stamina, something that will serve him well under Pochettino’s system at Spurs.

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He still has some faults in his game, especially when defending one-on-one at the back, but Spurs recognise the enormous potential that Yedlin possesses and he shouldn’t have to wait too long for his debut.

“We knew he was a player with lots of potential, who’s already done some interesting things in MLS and has additionally played in the last World Cup,” Pochettino said. “That’s why we decided to bring him over sooner, and to begin working with him little by little.”

When will DeAndre Yedlin make his debut with Spurs? Should he be in the first-team now?