By Dominic Toner
Ayoze Perez has been recalled to the starting XI against Brentford – and the Newcastle fans gave mixed views on Twitter to the decision.
Rafael Benitez has made one change to his side, with Perez replacing Mohamed Diame in the attacking position.
Perez, 23, is expected to play behind frontman Dwight Gayle and will hope to stake his place in the side.
Newcastle revealed their team on their official Twitter account.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2016
Perez has been given the opportunity in the starting XI and he has not featured since the EFL Cup win against Wolves in September.
Benitez is still trying to decided on his favoured attackers and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic once again missed out.
Newcastle fans reacted on Twitter with mixed thoughts to Perez’s inclusion.
Here are a selection of the messages:
Time for Perez and Gayle to step up today, take chances
— Leroy (@LeroyNUFC) October 15, 2016
— Mark Jupp (@markjupp4) October 15, 2016
Haven't been won over by Diame yet, so glad he's not playing. Though saying that, Perez hadn't been great for a while, either.
— ʂαɾα-ʝαყɳҽ (@SJ_NUFC) October 15, 2016
I know Rafa likes to rotate but I hate it when Hayden doesn't play. Key. Glad to see Diame dropped for Perez though. We win 2-0 #NUFC
— Adam Matues (@AdamMatues) October 15, 2016
Perez dropping deeper means he'll either be amazing or completely useless #nufc
— Matthew Young (@__mattyoung) October 15, 2016
— Dom⚫⚪ (@DomP3arson) October 15, 2016
Seems it's neither! Perez gets the nod. Bit unlucky for Mitro after his midweek performance and his impact vs Norwich. #NUFC
— The Toon Network (@TheToonNetwork) October 15, 2016
Hopefully perez as big game #nufc
— Asa Bartlett (@asabart14) October 15, 2016
Perez joined Newcastle in the summer of 2014 from Spanish club Tenerife.
He was unable to stop the famous club from suffering relegation in the last campaign and has struggled to have an effect in the Championship.
The former Spain Under-21 international has played in 10 encounters for Rafa Benitez’s side in England’s second tier with a return of just three goals, two coming against Cheltenham in the EFL Cup.
In other Newcastle team news, Rafael Benitez has praised this player ahead of the match against Brentford.