Newcastle fans react on Twitter as debuts handed to Murphy and fellow summer signing
By Will Butcher
Newcastle fans are excited on Twitter after veteran striker Daryl Murphy was handed his debut for the club.
The 33-year-old starts over Dwight Gayle and Aleksander Mitrovic as Rafael Benitez makes eight changes to the team that lost at the weekend, with just Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame keeping their place in the side.
Newcastle revealed the team news on their official Twitter account, as they prepare to face Wolves for the second time in four days in the third round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 20, 2016
Elsewhere, Karl Darlow comes in for his second start of the season in goal, while Rafa Benitez changes his whole defence. Yoann Gouffran also comes in for Ayoze Perez, as does Jack Colback for Isaac Hayden alongside Shelvey.
Fans are looking forward to seeing how Murphy fares on his debut, as the Toon looks to secure revenge following Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Walter Zenga’s side.
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Here are a selection of their tweets:
Daryl Murphy is getting is tickets to Wembley.
— Michael (@rooney03) September 20, 2016
Rafa knows what he's doing. Diame's chance to make his wrongs right, excited to see Lazaar/Yedlin/Murphy get starts. We want a win. #nufc
— Jake Potter (@jakeypotter) September 20, 2016
Looking forward to seeing Lazaar and how well Murphy can do up top. Yedlin makes it a trio of (full) debutants! #nufc
— NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index) September 20, 2016
— Gale (@LeeGale_) September 20, 2016
— Ger Fagan (@gerfagantoon1) September 20, 2016
#NUFC Daryl Murphy hat trick tonight
— Jãke (@jake_nufc26) September 20, 2016
In recent years, Murphy has become a prolific scorer and the 23-time capped Republic of Ireland international has netted an impressive 50 goals for Ipswich in 134 fixtures.
The striker has played four times for Ipswich in the new campaign, providing two assists without scoring.
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