Newcastle United

Joselu and Fernandez need a huge game against Brighton and Hove Albion today

Joselu and Fernandez need a huge game against Brighton and Hove Albion today

Newcastle United are still searching for their first win under Rafa Benitez in the current campaign, with supporters beginning to lose their patience.

The Magpies failed to make the most of a promising position against Manchester United prior to the international break as they ended up losing 3-2 at Old Trafford.

However, Newcastle United will welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to St James’ Park in their next Premier League encounter.

Indeed, this will be a key game for a couple of the club’s first team members, with a disappointing showing possibly causing for them to be axed and frozen out of the side.

With that in mind, here’s a look at TWO players that could face axing if they don’t put in a huge performance…


The Spaniard was linked with a move away during the summer transfer window after his poor performances at St James’ Park in the last campaign. But, Benitez has kept his faith in the forward and it’s fair to say that he has improved, but is nowhere near the level expected in the Premier League.

Therefore, it’s vital that the striker makes the most of any opportunity he may get against the Seagulls later on today, as he could be frozen out of the plans at Newcastle United after Yoshinori Muto’s accomplished performance against Manchester United last time out.

Federico Fernandez

Federico Fernandez hasn’t been able to ensure defensive solidity at the back for Newcastle United since making the move from Swansea City during the summer transfer window.

Indeed, the central defender has found himself on the substitutes’ bench at times, with Ciaran Clark being swapped in and out of the side to try and find a settled partnership.

So, it’s important that the Argentinian puts in a respectable performance against Brighton and Hove Albion as he could find himself out of the side if there’re any more mistakes or slip-ups.

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