Christian Atsu handed full Newcastle debut against Rotherham, Matt Ritchie on bench

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

Saturday, 1st October 2016, 1:02 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 1:59 pm
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Newcastle United take on the Championship's basement club at the AESSEAL New York Stadium (3pm kick-off).

Benitez has handed a full debut to winger Christian Atsu, signed on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

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Atsu starts ahead of Matt Ritchie, who is among the substitutes for third-placed Newcastle.

Vurnon Anita returns from suspension, while DeAndre Yedlin drops down to the bench.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Darlow; Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Colback; Atsu, Diame, Gouffran; Gayle. Subs: Sels, Hanley, Ritchie, Hayden, Mbemba, Yedlin, Mitrovic.

ROTHERHAM UNITED: Camp; Fisher, Fry, Ball, Mattock; Taylor, Adeyemi, Frecklington, Newell; Brown, Ward. Subs: Price, Vaulks, Forde, Forster-Caskey, Halford, Wilson, Blackstock.

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