'Enough to quell my Diame hate' - Newcastle fans rave over returning star v Everton
Newcastle United fans have taken to social media to react to manager Rafael Benitez’s decision to start Jamaal Lascelles for the clash against Everton on Wednesday night.
The Magpies revealed their starting line up via their official Twitter account, which confirmed that the Spanish boss had made four changes to the XI which were defeated by Leicester City on Saturday.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 13, 2017
Ciaran Clark, Isaac Hayden, Jacob Murphy and Joselu all drop out of the side, with Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey, Christian Atsu and Mohamed Diame chosen by Benitez to replace their team mates.
It was the inclusion of club captain Lascelles, returning to the starting XI after five game absence through injury, which had the Toon Army delighted on Twitter.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
Not sure what Perez has done to not get a look in at the moment but Shelvey and Lascelles will make a huge difference
— Daniel Bainbridge (@dan_bainbridge) December 13, 2017
— Ryan. (@RyanNUFC_7) December 13, 2017
Lascelles!:?;£, fs fdfeajlhbljvhadoitdiregouwf
— MAX⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ (@maxohayes) December 13, 2017
Right. I'm glad Lascelles is back, but why the hell has Clark dropped out in his place? Clark has looked much better than Lejeune of late, I don't understand. #nufc
— Rhys Melhuish (@RhysMelhuish22) December 13, 2017
Seeing Lascelles and Shelvey start is just enough to quell my Diame hate. Just hope he takes at least one good touch tonight
— Daniel Kingsbury (@Kngsbry) December 13, 2017
Why Mo Diame?
Why no Mitro?
Why has Clark been dropped over Lejeune?
Is Mbemba injured?
Lascelles though ❤️
— Natasha ????️???? (@NatashaNUFC) December 13, 2017
— Anthony Candler (@cheeseball1913) December 13, 2017
We have to brother! Great to see Lascelles and Atsu back mind ☺️????????????
— Pete Hind (@toonpete85) December 13, 2017
The Magpies are on a dreadful run of form, with the 3-2 defeat to Leicester their six defeat in what has turned out to be a seven game winless streak.
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They have managed to pick up just one point from a possible 21, thanks to a 2-2 draw away at West Brom, which has resulted in Benitez and his men slipping into 16th, two places and two points above the relegation zone.
Everton meanwhile have managed to avoid defeat in their last three matches, with former Newcastle and England boss Sam Allardyce now in the manager’s dugout, having replaced Ronald Koeman.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, it is reported that a bid has been placed for one of the club’s top attacking targets.