Rafael Benitez stresses the importance of Newcastle United's players working hard

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Newcastle United have one of the largest squads in the Championship.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Rafael Benitez has told the Chronicle that any player out of his first choice Newcastle United starting line-up needs to work hard to win their place back.

Benitez has a large squad to pick from at St. James’ Park, with Newcastle boasting a sizeable amount of squad depth.

Benitez’s has generally rotated his side around so far this term, and the Spanish boss insists that if his players sulk when they are left out of the starting line-up they will not be doing themselves any favours.

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez

“I can understand any player who is disappointed, but at the same time they have to respect their team-mates and work hard,” he said.

“In the end, it is a decision you have to make. You can only play 11 players on the pitch and we have 27. You can’t play the others so they have to make sure they keep working hard. And when we need them they have to be ready.”

Ayoze Perez recently admitted that he found it tough when Newcastle took him out of the first-team.

Perez was dropped for four matches by Newcastle, but returned to the North East side’s starting line-up for their match against Brentford.

Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez looks dejected

Karl Darlow is another player who has been able to force his way back into Newcastle’s starting line-up, after beginning the season out of favour.

Matz Sels was Newcastle’s number one at the start of the campaign, but Darlow appears to have taken his place in net now - after working hard in training.

Newcastle are currently in second place in the Championship table, with their next match coming against Barnsley later this evening.

General view outside St James' Park

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