DeAndre Yedlin officially joined one of the most successful teams in Europe, completing a free transfer from Newcastle to Galatasaray on Monday. Galatasaray announced that it was a 2.5-year deal that will pay Yedlin a salary of about $1.2 million a year after taxes (probably roughly equivalent to closer to $2 million a year in the United States). That would potentially make Yedlin a free agent in the summer of 2023 when he’s 30 years old.
Yedlin’s primary competition for playing time will likely be Norwegian international Martin Linnes, who has established himself as the starter over the past few months with 10 starts in 11 matches. Linnes has been a solid if mostly unspectacular performing in Galatasaray’s 4-1-4-1 formation, averaging the seventh best per-game rating among the team’s regular starters, according to WhoScored.com. Although Linnes has just one assist this year, he does average about .6 key passes per game. Yedlin averaged .5 key passes in his limited playing time with Newcastle.
Yedlin will join a team well positioned to qualify for European competition next season. Galatasary currently sit third in the Turkish Süper Lig, two points behind second-place Besiktas and three points behind table-topping Fenerbahce. The top two teams in Turkey qualify for Champions League with the 3-4 teams going to Europa League.
As inviting as the potential opportunity to play in Europe is for Yedlin, this move is likely done with an eye toward getting back into the United States national team. Once a near guaranteed starter and accumulating 62 caps by the time he was 25, Yedlin has not played for the USMNT since March 2019 and hasn’t appeared in a competitive match since the infamous World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago in 2017.