Newcastle fans have been urging Rafa Benitez to hand a start to Henri Saivet when the Toon take on Brighton this weekend.
The Frenchman, who started against West Ham in the Magpies' pre-Christmas fixture, scored with a remarkable free kick to help his team win 3-2. However, he was subsequently left out of the squad for their 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Wednesday night.
Jonjo Shelvey just did not look up to the task in midweek, while many fans reckon that the match came a bit too soon for Isaac Hayden.
Saivet, however, has received a ringing endorsement from supporters on Twitter, who have asked to see the player start in what is considered a crucial match against Brighton.
Here are a few such tweets below:
Don't think Shelvey deserves a start, Saivet does though.— Molámadré (@Moroc_Mole) December 27, 2017
Hopefully Saivet or Hayden play.— Martin Garrick (@MGCOACHSALES) December 28, 2017
Shelvey & Saivet I would expect to start. Merino on bench again. After Saturday would prefer Saivet and Merino to start!— TMW (@TilehurstsOwn) December 28, 2017
Shelvey doesn’t deserve a start atm. I’d play the same as last week at West Ham but Merino in for Diame and keep Saivet.— Lee (@BykerWall) December 28, 2017
Atsu, Merino, Saivet, Ritchie, Gayle all have to come in for me— Martin Garrick (@MGCOACHSALES) December 28, 2017