A number of Newcastle fans on Twitter were left baffled after Antonio Barreca was left out of the Magpies squad for their Premier League clash with Wolves on Monday night.
Barreca was one of two players that Rafa Benitez managed to bring through the St James' Park door during the January transfer window. But while Miguel Almiron was handed a place on the bench for the game at Molineux, Barreca was nowhere to be seen.
The 23-year-old got the chance to make his Newcastle debut earlier in the month as he came on for the final few minutes of the side's 1-0 defeat away at Tottenham Hotspur.
But he did not keep his place for the game against Nuno Espirito Santo's men, with the Chronicle reporting that the decision to leave Barreca out of the squad was tactical and not down to an injury.
Unsurprisingly, the news has worried plenty of Newcastle fans on social media. With the Magpies so quiet in January in terms of the number of signings that they made, the supporters would have been hoping that their additions could make a big impact.
Of course, the greater pressure is on Almiron. But Barreca missing out on Monday has left several supporters feeling extremely pessimistic about how good a signing he is going to prove to be, especially given the players that Benitez had selected ahead of him for the trip to Wolves.
Here is how some of the fans reacted to Barreca's absence...
No Barreca in the squad tonight, Great signing just what we need to help us climb the table. FFS #nufc— Lidz. (@Chris_Lidz78) February 11, 2019
Barreca is not that good is he, when he can’t be selected for the squad.— Robin Verhagen (@robinnufc) February 11, 2019
It wasn’t on the fact that he was injured, simply on the fact that he is not good enough to get in the squad. Wow.#nufc
Jesus wept— Steve Darrah ⚫️⚪️ (@Darrah88) February 11, 2019
So we loaned a player that’s not good enough to make the squad? So he’s not in the best 18 and we still have shelvey and ki to come back. Why did we bother?— Chris Ellison (@ChrisEllison85) February 11, 2019
Manquillo must be like a cross between Cafu and Roberto Carlos in training, either that or Barecca is another Lazaar— MrCynical (@DaveLogan3) February 11, 2019
Manquillo is considered as squad strength jesus wept.— Lee (@BykerWall) February 11, 2019
Strange signing then, if Ritchie, Kennedy/Manquillo and Dummett can play there.— lee mc (@leemcder) February 11, 2019
Not good enough clearly ....— David Stratton (Slothy) (@SlothyVlogs) February 11, 2019
This is Absoulty ridiculous.— Kuno (@kunoglessi) February 11, 2019
. RAFA told the media that Barreca will bring something to the team that we don't have? And suddenly he's not in squad? What's the point? https://t.co/sN1CFs2DHp
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