Date: 25th November 2017 at 2:12pm
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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.

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 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.

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