USA manager Gregg Berhalter has confirmed that DeAndre Yedlin will have a different role during the international break.
At Newcastle, the 25-year-old either operates as a right-back or slightly more offensively as a right wing-back. Either way, his main job is to defend.
Capped 57 times by his country, Yedlin is a veteran for the United States, but will be deployed slightly differently this time out.
According to Paul Tenorio of The Athletic on Twitter, Berhalter will be using the Magpies defender as a winger to allow Tyler Adams to play on the right side of defence.
Gregg Berhalter says Tyler Adams will play right back in this camp. DeAndre Yedlin will play as a winger. #USMNT
— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) March 18, 2019
It’s all change for the USA. Adams isn’t primarily a right-back, usually operating in midfield at club level for RB Leipzig.
Can Yedlin be a hit as a winger?
If Rafa Benitez decided to play Yedlin as a winger, you’d think he had gone mad.
His biggest asset is his pace. It helps him get up the pitch and influence attacks, and it also gets him out of jail defensively at times.
Our number 22 isn’t the strongest dribbler, nor is his crossing particularly pinpoint. That being said, it was his ball into the box that Ritchie thundered into the net against Bournemouth.
It’s a bold change by the USA boss. While it might be successful, don’t expect to see Yedlin starting further up the pitch for Newcastle any time soon.