LONDON, Sporting Alert – Rafa Benitez has handed five of Newcastle United’s summer signings their debuts for today’s Championship opener against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
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Striker Dwight Gayle, midfielders Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie, defender Grant Hanley and goalkeeper Matz Sels have all been handed starting places by the manager.
Also starting the game for Newcastle United are Daryl Janmaat, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez.
Jonjo Shelvey, Rolando Aarons, Chancel Mbemba, Karl Darlow, Jesus Gamez and Adam Armstrong are all on the bench.
Meanwhile, Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has also handed his new signings their chances to shine from the get go, but handing seven debutants their first run-out.
Three of those players are in the back four – Denis Odoi, Tomas Kalas, and Michael Madl, while Scott Malone is the other starter.
In the meantime, Sone Aluko, who signed from Hull City, gets the starting nod in the attack, with Matt Smith, Kevin McDonald, Tom Cairney, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Floyd Ayite also starting as well.
Fulham team to play Newcastle: Button, Odoi, Kalas, Madl, Malone, Cairney, Tunnicliffe, McDonald, Ayite, Aluko, Smith. Subs: Joronen, Stearman, Ream, Edun, Christensen, Woodrow, Parker
Newcastle United team to play Fulham: Sels, Janmaat, Hanley, Lascelles, Dummett, Anita, Hayden, Colback, Ritchie, Perez, Gayle. Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Gamez, Mbemba, Aarons, Armstrong, Shelvey.