By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle summer signing Matz Sels has been demoted once more to the Under-23s for Monday’s clash with their West Ham counterparts.

The 25-year-old goalkeeper has not been in the Magpies’ last nine senior matchday squads, but he has been involved in their last two Under-23 outings.

It would appear that youth level is now where Sels’ future lies in the north east and it was confirmed by the official Newcastle Twitter account on Monday morning that the Belgium international would play in the Premier League 2 clash at St. James’ Park.

Sels joined Newcastle in the summer for a fee of £6.5million from KAA Gent, while also agreeing a five-year contract at the club.

He started off as the Magpies’ number one, but a number of poor displays which saw him concede 13 goals in 14 appearances has seen him drop behind both Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot in the goalkeeper pecking order.

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With his last appearance in the league for Newcastle coming back in September it is unlikely that Sels will feature again this season with just nine games left.

Additionally, as the north east giants look destined for an instant return to the Premier League his future may lie elsewhere.

In other Newcastle news, the Magpies have received a major boost regarding midfielder injury.

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