Joselu handed full Newcastle debut against West Ham after Dwight Gayle blow

Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle

Rafa Benitez has named his starting XI for this afternoon's home game against West Ham United.

Newcastle United take on Slaven Bilic's side at St James's Park (3pm kick-off) looking for their first win of the season.

Benitez, without Dwight Gayle (illness), has handed striker Joselu, signed from Stoke City earlier this month, his full debut.

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Winger Rolando Aarons, superb in the midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest at St James's Park, is on the bench along with striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Bilic is under pressure at West Ham, who are also winless in the Premier League.

Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez

Newcastle manager Benitez said: "Every game for us has to be the same.

"We concentrate on the next one to get three points from it, and then we have the international break and the window is closed so were can concentrate on the squad we have."

Benitez is also without injured quartet Florian Lejeune, Karl Darlow, Paul Dummett and DeAndre Yedlin.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Manquillo, Lascelles, Mbemba, Clark; Hayden, Merino; Ritchie, Perez, Atsu; Joselu. Subs: Woodman, Gamez, Saivet, Diame, Aarons, Murphy, Mitrovic.

WEST HAM UNITED: Hart; Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Rice; Antonio, Fernandes, Ayew; Hernandez. Subs: Adrian, Fonte, Kouyate, Lanzini, Obiang, Sakho, Masuaku.