By Russell Edge

2nd Dec, 2017 | 12:18pm

'Thank you Rafa', 'Am I dreaming' - Newcastle fans rave over Benitez snub v Chelsea

Newcastle United supporters have taken to social media to voice their delight at Rafael Benitez’s decision to drop striker Joselu from the starting XI for the clash against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Magpies revealed their starting XI via their official Twitter account, which confirmed that the Spanish manager had chosen to make three changes to the line up which managed to pull off a 2-2 draw with West Brom in midweek.

Dropping out of the side are defender DeAndre Yedlin, midfielder Isaac Hayden and Joselu, with Javier Manquillo, Mo Diame and Dwight Gayle chosen to replace them by Benitez.

It was the change up front which had the Toon Army voicing their delight, having been unimpressed with what the former Stoke City man has had to offer the Magpies up top.

They turned to Twitter to demonstrate their feelings, although they evidently were not entirely convinced with the decisions made by Benitez.

Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:

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Joselu has been the regular starter up top for the Magpies, having appeared in every one of the 13 matches he has been available for, with 12 of those coming in the starting XI.

However he has netted just two goals in those appearances, his last coming in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool back at the very start of October.

In other Newcastle United news, Danny Higginbotham has pinpointed the Magpies’ failures in recent weeks.

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