How even ex-Sunderland man can improve on Newcastle’s liability

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Now one of, if not the busiest, transfer windows in recent memory for Newcastle United is shut, Rafa Benitez finally has a settled squad for the Championship campaign. 

Though much of the talk surrounding the Magpies right now has naturally centred towards the Moussa Sissoko deal, it is time to look forward for the Toon Army.

No longer are they dogged by murky characters whose real intentions couldn’t have differed anymore from the club’s, this season represents a fresh start.

Amid so many new arrivals, one of the most interesting individuals is DeAndre Yedlin.

Having impressed for Sunderland towards the tail end of last season, the American has been drafted in to replace Daryl Janmaat in the right-back berth.

Though the latter made two Championship appearances before leaving Watford, it is fair to say he won’t be sorely missed by those on Tyneside.

A pretty poor defender who was often a liability in a disciplinary sense, even an ex-Mackem can be a more popular option than the Dutch ace.

Yedlin has said all the right things since moving to St. James’ Park, though his spell on loan with the Black Cats could potentially prove as a reason for criticism should results and performances go against him.

Still, the fans’ relationship with Janmaat, who was barely the most popular, could allow the USA international to quickly find his way into our hearts.

A couple of crunching tackles against Derby at the weekend and his time on Wearside will be all forgotten.

Hopefully for him anyway.

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