'Baffling': Newcastle fans react as key man is dropped against Huddersfield

Rafa Benitez has made three changes to his side for today's Premier League game at Huddersfield.

Saturday, 15th December 2018, 1:43 pm
Updated Saturday, 15th December 2018, 1:53 pm
Matt Ritchie will start on the bench against Huddersfield.

Fabian Schar, Javier Manquillo and Kenedy will all return following last weekend's 2-1 defeat by Wolves.

Federico Fernandez, who suffered a calf injury against The Wanderers, and DeAndre Yedlin, who was shown a straight red card, are both unavailable for the trip to the John Smith's Stadium.

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But many fans are unhappy at the exclusion of Matt Ritchie, who has been dropped to the bench.

Here's how some fans reacted on social media:

@georgienufc98: I would have trusted Ritchie more as rwb than manquillo man!

@goneforaburton6: Wasn't expecting no Dummett and no Ritchie but there you go.... Howay the lads!

@gordonbennett12: Kenedy for Ritchie beggars belief, he owes us big style after last week #NUFC

@FordeHaveMercy: No Jonjo, Dummett & Ritchie don't start...do I hear the pub calling...MAKE MINE A TREBLE!

@KieronGilmour7: Feel if Ritchie is fit he has to play in this team #nufc

@towlawstev: Why's ritchie out?? Not sure how atsu is getting a game at the min tho but we need to win this BIG TIME.

@MrMarkByers: Playing a right footer at left back with a left footed left back on the bench. Baffling.

@harryscottt_: What I don’t get is if dummet to be on the bench last week how’s he not available today to start

@James_NUFC1892: 5-4-1? Kenedy at LB?

@Markn456: Rafa Benitez won't ever give youth a chance will he?