In what has been an injury-disrupted campaign, DeAndre Yedlin will no doubt be fairly frustrated at constantly finding himself on the side-lines after a run of games for Newcastle.
The USA international missed the opening few weeks of this season with a groin strain, before then featuring for the next seven Premier League games in a row – even starting and completing the full 90 minutes six times. Then, a hip injury ruled him out of action once more, and following another return, he missed the last three top-flight matches with a hand injury.
Against Oxford United in the FA Cup fourth round, Yedlin once again made his comeback from a spell away, and whilst Newcastle couldn’t secure a win, they did manage to keep a clean sheet with the American in their back-line.
After seeing his display, Newcastle fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the 26-year-old, with a few particularly vocal in their criticism of him.
Oh I thought yedlin was hopeless today too, lazaro needs to be straight in for him. #NUFC
— Matthaus (@GeordieDubravka) January 25, 2020
Pathetic. Longstaff and Yedlin in particular were awful.
— Adam P. Tait (@aptait) January 25, 2020
yedlin and Sean for me have been shocking
— swann ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ (@ASMToon) January 25, 2020
Yedlin looks finished
— Joe (@JoeD_Nufc) January 25, 2020
One Magpies fan in particular even called for Yedlin to be moved on from St James’ Park, claiming that it is necessary for them to “push on up the table”.
I actually think matty has done well at times this season. Not enough to start but certainly to come off the bench. For whatever reason Sean isn’t performing. Having said that I think if we want to push on up the table we need to move yedlin, Ritchie, and atsu on.
— Brendy NUFC. (@brendynufc) January 25, 2020
A couple of fans in particular reacted in exasperation to one specific moment in the game where Yedlin failed to bring a simple ball under control from his teammate.
What was that Yedlin OMG #NUFC
— NuFc For LIFE (@ToonBarmy59) January 25, 2020
Yedlin man what is that touch
— Liam 🇵🇸 🏴 (@LiamMartin96) January 25, 2020
Whilst Steve Bruce will no doubt be disappointed that they couldn’t get the job done against a League One side at home, he can take one big positive in Yedlin’s return.
The Magpies could do with some of their injured players making a quick and speedy comeback to first-team action, and the Newcastle boss will be hoping his right-back is the first of many to make their returns.