Newcastle fans slam Benitez decision to start 27-year-old v Huddersfield
By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle fans have slammed Rafa Benitez’ decision to start Vurnon Anita against Hudderfield on Saturday evening.
The 27-year-old Dutchman was brought into the team in the right-back role with the pacey DeAndre Yedlin dropping out.
It is felt that Benitez trusts Anita’s defensive work more than Yedlin’s against a Huddersfield team who are very strong out wide.
However, Newcastle fans on social media have not agreed with many questioning the decision, while one went as far as to label it a “big mistake” before the kick off.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
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wouldn't be putting Anita in like or colback always likely to give teams a chance
— Darrell Watson (@DarrellWatson8) March 4, 2017
big mistake playing Anita la parra will destroy him colback in team again is a joke diame in middle and Perez behind for me
— Steven Perrin (@reggie75nufc) March 4, 2017
Why Anita at RB? Yedlin is fine…
— Adam. (@SimplyMitro) March 4, 2017
Anita!? ????Yedlin has been terrific.
— TrezasToon (@keithtrezayoung) March 4, 2017
Yedlin hasn't been perfect the last couple, but Anita hasn't had any first team action in over a month. Feels like an unnecessary gamble
— Austin Scott (@Austin_14Scott) March 4, 2017
Bringing Anita back in is a strange one. Huddersfield loads of pace, thought it would have suited Yedlin
— AND. (@andyeswecan) March 4, 2017
Anita has played 23 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle this season with a return of just one assists.
Meanwhile, Yedlin has a return of five assists in one goal in four more outings.
However, fans will now be hoping for a solid display from the Dutchman as they look to run clear at the top of the table.
After Brighton’s defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday a win for Newcastle could see them run five points clear of the second placed Seagulls.
Additionally, they will also move a whole 11 points clear of the third placed Terries with just 11 matches of the season left.
In other Newcastle news, here is the confirmed Magpies line-up to face Huddersfield.