Yedlin was deemed surplus to requirements by Newcastle in the January transfer window, as the club have both Emil Krafth and Javier Manquillo as options at right-back, and, subsequently, the £4.5 million-rated 27-year-old was allowed to join Turkish side Galatasaray on a free transfer.
However, with Manquillo suffering an ankle injury and Krafth turning in a disappointing performance in the Magpies’ 2-0 loss at Chelsea on Monday evening, Bruce was questioned about his decision to let Yedlin leave the club, to which the 60-year-old replied: “Look, he was out of contract [in the summer] and we had three right-backs at the club. So, you know, we made the decision. You have to make decisions. We had to make way for somebody else to come in. I’ve got no regrets.”
After Lee Ryder relayed Bruce’s comments on Twitter, fans of Newcastle flocked to have their say on the matter, with many appearing to believe that the manager’s decision to let Yedlin leave was the wrong choice.
Was Bruce right to let Yedlin leave?
So, what exactly did these Newcastle United fans have to say in reaction to Steve Bruce’s comments regarding DeAndre Yedlin?
“He wasn’t out of contract until the summer. We had 3 right-backs, we now have 2 in the squad and only 1 (the worst option) is fit. Smart guy, aren’t you Steve?”
“So you got rid of the best of the three. Classic Bruce.”
“This one sentence sums up Steve Bruce’s inability to manage.”
“Made the worst decision like always.”
“And he was better out the 3. Steve Bruce logic. Shambles.”
“All worse than Yedlin. Bruce you absolute clown.”
All in all, it would appear as if these Newcastle fans are not in agreement with the decision to let Yedlin leave the club, and, considering the predicament that the Magpies now find themselves in, with the only fit option on the right-hand side of defence being Krafth, we can understand why.