Newcastle United supporters have taken to social media to voice their delight at the return of goalkeeper Karl Darlow to the starting XI for their clash against West Brom.

The Magpies revealed their starting XI via their official Twitter account, which confirmed that manager Rafael Benitez had chosen to make five changes to the line up which were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Watford over the weekend.

Dropping out of the side were Rob Elliot, Javi Manquillo, Jonjo Shelvey, Mo Diame and Dwight Gayle, with Darlow, Chancel Mbemba, Mikel Merino, Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez replacing them all.

Among the raft of changes it was the shock decision to include Darlow ahead of Elliot, who had started every one of the club’s 13 league games this season but drops to the bench against the Baggies, which had the Toon Army up in arms for all the right reasons, the fans taking to Twitter to celebrate his return to the starting XI.

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

Darlow’s only appearance of the season came in the 3-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the League Cup earlier this season, the 27-year-old handed the captain’s armband.

His last league outing was last season in a 3-1 defeat away at Ipswich in the Championship, with Elliot, who had returned from a serious injury, usurping his goalkeeping counterpart for the final three games of the campaign and retaining his place on their return to the Premier League.

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