DeAndre Yedlin reflects on a bruising start to life in the Championship with Newcastle

DeAndre Yedlin in action for Newcastle United.
DeAndre Yedlin in action for Newcastle United.

DeAndre Yedlin says he’s tough enough to handle the Championship – after a bruising start to his Newcastle United career.

Yedlin suffered a bruised ankle and a black eye at Villa Park last month.

And the defender, hoping to start against Brentford at St James’s Park tomorrow, is expecting a many more knocks and bumps over the coming weeks and months.

But the 23-year-old – who joined the club in the summer from Tottenham Hotspur – isn’t fazed by the physicality of English football’s second tier.

Asked about the black eye he suffered against Aston Villa, Yedling said: “It’s from the Villa game – I’ve got some scars!

“It’s a physical league. I was prepared for it. The medical staff have done a great job in getting me back fit.

It’s a physical league. I was prepared for it. It’s just something you have to go through. That’s fine.

DeAndre Yedlin

“It’s just something you have to go through. That’s fine.

“This league’s a very physical league, so you have to prepare for it.”

Third-placed Newcastle take on Brentford looking to build on their 1-0 success over Rotherham United before the international break, and games will come thick and fast over the coming weeks.

But Yedlin said: “You want that, especially as a younger player. It’s great, as there is so many games and so many opportunities to play.

“It’s a great move for me to come here. Playing under Rafa has been unbelievable.”

Right-back Yedlin – who spent last season on loan at Sunderland – has enjoyed playing with winger Matt Ritchie, who joined the club in the summer from Bournemouth.

“He’s a great player to play with,” said Yedlin. “He’s always going to give 100%.

“Even if you make a mistake, he’s right there behind you.

“If you make a mistake, he’s right there behind you, which is huge. As long as you’ve got their back, and they’ve got yours, I think it’s a hard connection to stop.”

Yedlin returned to Tyneside this week from 10 days international duty with the USA.

The versatile player as a winger in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against New Zealand in Washington DC.

Yedlin also started last week’s historic friendly against Cuba in Havana.

Speaking after the Cuba fixture, Klinsmann said: “In the last camp and in this camp, he (Yedlin) struggled. That’s just reality.”