Yedlin said this player’s arrival brought the energy Newcastle needed

Deandre Yedlin of Newcastle United. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Deandre Yedlin of Newcastle United. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images) /

Newcastle United’s speedy right-back discussed Almiron, his best managers, and more on a recent podcast appearance

It’s always great to hear from Newcastle United players in a more unfiltered way than just team-conducted interviews or quick social media posts. This week, Newcastle United right-back DeAndre Yedlin joined the entertaining BSI: The Podcast to discuss about a wide range of topics.

Talking with hosts and fellow soccer players Benny Feilhaber, Ike Opara, and Sal Zizzo, Yedlin discussed everything from his time at the University of Akron, his move from MLS to Tottenham, and the state of racial inequality in his native United States. He also discussed or referenced some things that Newcastle United supporters may be interested in hearing about, especially with his praise for one of the club’s star players.

He talked about being very impressed with Miguel Almiron as he watched him play for Atlanta United while linked with Newcastle. When it comes to the duo of Almiron and former ATL teammate Josef Martinez, Yedlin still gives the edge to Seattle Sounders’ duo Clint Dempsey and former Newcastle United man Obafemi Martins.

Yedlin described Almiron’s energy and technical ability, saying that he was exactly what the team needed when he arrived in 2019. He also praised his work defensively and the aggressiveness of always wanting to get in behind.

In a game of “Start, Bench, or Cut”, Yedlin chose to start Miggy, bench Landon Donovan, and cut Clint Dempsey. He added that Almiron isn’t even in his prime yet.

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When asked to pick the best manager that he’s had between Caleb Porter, the late Sigi Schmid, Jurgen Klinsmann, and Rafa Benitez (they excluded Steve Bruce to avoid getting him in trouble), he picked Porter and also gave a shoutout to Klinsmann. But, his rationale was largely how much Porter improved his game while in college and Klinsmann for giving him the chance to play in a World Cup. He also “pleaded the fifth” when asked to rank Rafa, Bruce, and USMNT’s Gregg Berhalter.