Newcastle United’s quest for automatic promotion from the Championship could get a much-needed shot in the arm tonight as they host Leeds United at St. James’ Park.
Having struggled somewhat of late, the Magpies can maintain their 10-point advantage over Huddersfield Town in third place with a win over the Whites, though home form has been an issue for Rafa Benitez’ side.
Desperate just to see their beloved Toon Army over the line and in the Premier League next season, fans online have been praying the injury crisis to have dogged the Spaniard on Tyneside starts to clear up ahead of tonight.
Indeed, an interesting statistic in regards to one of the men forced to sit out of Newcastle’s recent games has emerged. Curiously enough, the Magpies are a much better team with right-back DeAndre Yedlin in the starting XI, losing out on 0.8 points PG without the searingly quick American in the ranks.
— NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index) April 12, 2017
Following the news that he would be in contention for the game tonight, Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to pray Yedlin is available for Leeds’ visit.
Hope Yedlin and Hayden start tonight, both give us more attacking options. #NUFC
— Southern Softie (@SSoftie) April 14, 2017
Hope Yedlin is back tonight, we've missed his attacking runs a lot recently
— Hovell➰ (@JHovell9) April 14, 2017
Darlow yedlin Hanley lascelles dummett shelvey Hayden Richie Perez gouffran mitrovic is what I would do tonight
— The Looney Toon (@The_Looney_Toon) April 14, 2017
If yedlin fit enough for squad, I'd start him tonight and Hayden as well as atsu. Team needs more pace & athleticism. Mitro for Gayle #nufc
— Patty (@Patty_518) April 14, 2017
If Yedlin is fit, please please start him #NUFC
— NothingButNewcastle (@NowtButNewc) April 14, 2017
I'm glad Yedlin is in contention for the game #NUFC love him on that right hand side with this pace!!!
— Brian Purkins (@BrianLeeNUFC) April 13, 2017
— mightymagpie99 (@mightymagpie99) April 14, 2017