'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.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 2, 2017
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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Finally Joselu dropped
— Katie T♊️☄️ (@Thorpy44) December 2, 2017
YES OMAGAHAHAJAJXHDOWKWKWKW JOSELU IS BENCHED MAKQKWKWHWHJAW pic.twitter.com/MuOFQGekqh
— SH•Y (@BetterThanLuka) December 2, 2017
am I dreaming or is joselu on the bench https://t.co/5nrXPM3xzk
— Dean Rix (@DeanRix2) December 2, 2017
Joselu dropped = pass is a pint to celebrate.
Diame starting = pass is a gun to top mesel
Time to get mertallllllllll #NUFC
— Paul W (@PJ_Walker88) December 2, 2017
at least joselu's out but WHY DIAME
— TJ (@JonjoMerino) December 2, 2017
Really hope Gayle shows up Joselu today
— † Ameè † (@Ameelouatkinson) December 2, 2017
He's got the Joselu call right, and he's taken Yedlin out the firing line. But surely Shelvey and Mitrovic have to start. Perez and Gayle are powder
— David Punton (@DavePunton) December 2, 2017
FINALLY JOSELU IS DROPPED , THANK YOU RAFA❤❤ https://t.co/u5nlvVCC29
— Alex (@Alex_Boulton) December 2, 2017
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.