Newcastle United fans are fuming with their manager Rafa Benitez for his decision to start midfielder Mohamed Diame for the Premier League clash with Everton at St James’ Park on Wednesday night.
Diame has been much-criticised by the fans this season. He has made 10 Premier League apperances for the Magpies this season but has contributed no goals or assists.
Newcastle fans took to social media to express their frustration with Benitez, who made four changes to the side that were beaten 3-2 by Leicester on Saturday.
Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the best tweets from Magpies fans.
LASCELLES ???? SHELVEY ???? DIAME… ????
— Rob Hovland Huntley (@Phoo_Fighter) December 13, 2017
Solid but Diame come on lads?!! Gotta be a typo
— Matthew (@MattyFenwickATC) December 13, 2017
No Mitro in the team and Diame starts.. are you joking?? #nufc
— Ricky (@RJC_9) December 13, 2017
Seriously Diame. What the hell does he contribute to the team? Can't pass, can't run, can't track back. #nufc
— Wez (@Wezza147) December 13, 2017
Aye not tryna be harsh but I don’t think Diame is a footballer
— TZ (@Tazzion) December 13, 2017
— Ian (@wheatley1405) December 13, 2017
Diame must have naked pictures of Rafa, only explanation. #nufc
— Mikey Hall (@Mikeyhall4) December 13, 2017
Uh, so we’re still insisting on Diame then…#NUFC
— Tara Barrick (@munroney) December 13, 2017
Diame again, why?
— Adam. (@SimplyMitro) December 13, 2017
Newcastle are in 16th place in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone. Benitez has lost his last three Premier League home games, the first time that he’s ever suffered a losing run this long at home in the competition.
The Magpies are in desperate need of another three points after losing six of their last seven Premier League matches, but they do not have a great record against Everton in recent seasons.
Newcastle have lost six of their last seven league games against the Toffees, including each of the last three.
Meanwhile, Everton are unbeaten in their last three matches and will be looking to build on their four-match unbeaten run under former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce.
The Toffees were in danger of falling into the league’s bottom-three before Allardyce took over, but are now in the top half of the table.
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