Newcastle United defender DeAndre Yedlin has claimed that he finally feels at home playing for the club, after previously hitting ‘rock bottom’ during a tricky loan spell with fellow north east side Sunderland.
Yedlin was signed by the Magpies for just £5m the season after his spell with the Black Cats, and he play an important part in the club’s rise back to the Premier League in the 2016/17 season.
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In an interview with U.S. Soccer, the former Tottenham Hotspur man opened up on his struggles to settle in the UK, and said: “It kind of feels like I’ve settled here, and that’s a great feeling. A lot of people don’t realise that that can play a huge part in your performance and mentally.
“I think London (while at Spurs) was the first time in my career where I really went through a hard time. Obviously I wasn’t playing, I was away from my family, I was in a massive city like London where you can get lost – both literally and mentally, you can just get lost. I didn’t play for about two months (with Sunderland).
“I was just training and I started getting that depressed feeling again, that rock-bottom feeling again. And I said: ‘No, I’m not going through this. I need to do something to get out of this.
“Obviously people see that I express myself, and sometimes people don’t like that. But I think the Newcastle fans do. They know that I always give 110 per cent on the pitch, no matter what. I’ll do the dirty work for every single one of my team-mates if that means that we can win.”
Meanwhile, Magpies legend Malcolm Macdonald singled out goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka for praise following the team’s 3-2 Premier League loss to Manchester United. The former super striker claimed that despite throwing away a two goal lead, the keeper was the stand-out player for Newcastle, and will be an important member of their squad in the fight against relegation.