Rafa Benitez explains Shelvey and Mitrovic will have roles to play, especially when he rotates

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Benitez looks set to give all of his players game time in a busy season for Newcastle.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has said that he will have to rotate his side throughout the season, meaning that both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Jonjo Shelvey will have important roles to play for the club this term. 

Mitrovic will miss the first four games of the campaign as he was sent off on the final day of the Premier League season, while Shelvey found it very difficult to get into the side under Benitez in the closing stages of last season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates scoring the second goal for NewcastleAleksandar Mitrovic celebrates scoring the second goal for Newcastle

However, with a 46-game league season in the Championship, along with cup competitions, the Newcastle boss seems determined to use all the resources at his disposal.

He's quoted in the Chronicle saying: “My idea is to give all of them [the players] the same chance to compete.

“Then when we have two games a week we will make sure we can rotate and change and they will have to be ready.

“It is difficult to play with 11 players for too many games, so I want to play with a squad because if you play 46 games, with the cups too, you have to be ready to have a big squad.”

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

It seems that places will be firmly up for grabs throughout the season and that the team selection for Friday's opener against Fulham at Craven Cottage isn't going to be the preferred XI for the entire campaign.

Mitrovic has proved that he can find the net but may need to do it on a more regular basis having score nine goals in the Premier League last season - but he did show he was a problem for several defences. 

Shelvey has shown he is capable of playing in the Premier League every week and has the quality to make a significant contribution to the side. 

One should not be surprised that Benitez will look to use pretty much every player at his disposal. During his time at Liverpool he famously went 99 consecutive games without naming an unchanged line-up - which shows he is a manager that likes to keep his players fresh throughout the campaign so he can get the best results possible.

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