'Buzzing', 'Running rings' - Newcastle fans rave over shock decision v Manchester City
Newcastle fans have turned to social media to react to news that manager Rafael Benitez has decided to start Rolando Aarons for the club’s clash against Manchester City on Wednesday.
The Magpies confirmed their starting XI via their official Twitter account, confirming that the Spanish boss had chosen to make five changes from the club’s 3-2 win over West Ham in their last outing.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 27, 2017
Ciaran Clark, Henri Saivet, Christian Atsu, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle all found themselves dropped in favour of Chancel Mbemba, Paul Dummett, Jacob Murphy, Jonjo Shelvey and Aarons, as the Magpies look to spring a surprise result against the league leaders.
Among the raft of changes, it was Aarons’ shock inclusion, starting ahead of established stars Atsu and Ritchie, which had the Toon Army speaking out on Twitter, although many were excited to see what the 22-year-old could offer.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
Strange team 5 at the back button have all the faith, can see it now Aarons and Murphy running rings around city’s defence https://t.co/CR4EU1ssQd
— Kieran White (@Whitey422001) December 27, 2017
— Stefan Georgiev (@SteffiGeorgiev) December 27, 2017
Delighted to see Aarons start. Interesting line up overall #nufc
— Michael Getty (@michael_getty) December 27, 2017
Aarons is starting go on lad ! ❤️
— Kurt Leyland (@Kurtleyland) December 27, 2017
Aarons screamer for the win tonight HWTL
— . (@mitromafia) December 27, 2017
Yes aarons starts!!!! Go on lad #nufc
— Matt (@swanzmatt) December 27, 2017
Buzzing to see Mbemba and Aarons, not so happy to see Shelvey #NUFC
— Evan (@evan_johnson97) December 27, 2017
The Jamaican winger has just four appearances for the senior side this season, with Wednesday’s clash against Manchester City his first league start after three substitute outings.
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City have been in imperious form this season, having gone unbeaten in the league, while they have notched up 17 consecutive victories on the way to building a 12 point lead at the top of the table after the Boxing Day fixtures.
Newcastle meanwhile ended an abysmal run of form with victory at the London Stadium, having picked up just one point from a possible 27 on a nine game winless streak before Saivet, Diame and Christian Atsu netted to pick up three points in London.
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