By Russell Edge
Newcastle United supporters have taken to social media to react to news that Mo Diame has been named in the line up for the clash against Watford on Saturday.
The club revealed the starting XI against the Hornets via their official Twitter account, which confirmed that manager Rafael Benitez had chosen to make just the one change from the 4-1 defeat against Manchester United.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 25, 2017
Diame comes into the side in place of fellow midfielder Isaac Hayden, who misses out through suspension as a result of picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the loss to the Red Devils last weekend.
His selection will come as a surprise to many, with Spanish star Mikel Merino expected to have been named among the starters after recovering from a back injury.
However the 21-year-old only makes the substitutes’ bench, and fans were less than happy that his 30-year-old counterpart was the chosen replacement to start at St James’ Park, taking to Twitter to voice their frustrations.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
Diame and Joselu… I know Rafa is Rafa but come on…. We'd be murdering any other manager… #nufc
— Tony (@ToeKneesTweets) November 25, 2017
Joke. Diame and Joselu should not be starting.
— Merino (@MikelMerino55) November 25, 2017
— Brad Devine (@BradDevine8) November 25, 2017
Never nice seeing Diame starting.
— Adam Smith (@adam_smith1990) November 25, 2017
I know Rafa knows more than me and all that jazz. But Mo Diame? He was atrocious in exactly the same position vs Burnley, what's changed?
— Dan (@Dan_Mcpherson7) November 25, 2017
I want Less Diame, not Mo Diame. #nufc
— Newyorkmagpie (@newyorkmagpie) November 25, 2017
If merino can make the bench he can start, disappointed not to see him starting. Diame isn’t good enough!
— Jordan Burn (@Jordan_Burn) November 25, 2017
Joselu n diame scare me like, mitro shud b given a chance by now surely!!
— myoung (@myoungy2805) November 25, 2017
Diame has appeared in eight of the club’s league games this season, but Saturday is only his second start of the campaign under Benitez.
The Magpies’ last win over the Hornets came back in 2010, with Andy Carroll and Fabricio Coloccini netting in a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road when both clubs were in the Championship, with Saturday’s visitors having won the last three matches between the sides.
In other Newcastle United news, Benitez has delivered a positive statement on the future with takeover talks surrounding the club.