DeAndre Yedlin made quite the impression in his first league start since moving to Galatasaray. Not only did he set up Galatasaray’s only goal in a 1-0 win that left them all alone atop the Turkish Süper Lig, but Yedlin also filled up the box score in a way that he has rarely done.
DeAndre Yedlin: raw # for Galatasaray in 1-0 win over Alanyaspor— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) February 20, 2021
1/1 long balls (what a LB it was)
1 key pass
11/19 duels won
6/7 successful tackles (game high)
3/4 aerials won
- big outing from Yedlin #USMNT https://t.co/Vlw7Uv2RXC
In fact, this might have been Yedlin’s most complete performance since leaving the Seattle Sounders following the 2014 season. Not only was Yedlin both efficient and dangerous, he also set a career high with six successful tackles.
Yedlin’s best moment came in the 18th minute when he launched a perfectly weighted long ball that found Emre Kilinc in stride. Kilinc’s initial shot was blocked — robbing Yedlin of an assist — but he was able to put away the rebound. Yedlin also probably deserved to draw a penalty in the 62nd minute when he was taken down in the box.
This all seems to bode well for Yedlin’s potential for more playing time as he battles with Martin Linnes for minutes and tries to better position himself for a spot with the United States national team.