With Valentino Lazaro on the bench, DeAndre Yedlin was under pressure to perform against Norwich.
Unfortunately for the American, he struggled to cement his place in Steve Bruce’s starting XI.
The defender got down the right flank time and time again, but was unable to deliver quality into the box. The one time he did, Newcastle nearly scored, missing their best chance of the game.
Yedlin’s lack of quality out wide hindered Newcastle’s attack, which ultimately cost them against the Canaries.
The £5million man was replaced early in the second half by Lazaro, and we immediately looked a lot more composed.
While Yedlin is somewhat limited in possession, his replacement looked comfortable.
Every time Lazaro got the ball, he found a teammate. He moved it nicely, looking to start attacks from deep and create chances.
Against Arsenal, Lazaro must start.
We’re yet to see what the Austrian is like defensively, but Yedlin is hardly Paolo Maldini himself.
Bruce must take the gamble and hand his January signing his first start in a Newcastle shirt.
Our big problem this season has been keeping the ball and creating chances. This is an area where Lazaro can help us.
As time goes by, Bruce needs to improve Newcastle’s style of play. One big step will be starting the relatively untested Lazaro over the experienced Magpie Yedlin.