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Newcastle United team news: Sean Longstaff and Florian Lejuene start as Benitez makes changes

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The video will start in 8 Cancel Newcastle United boss named Florian Lejeune in the starting line-up in a Premier League game for the first time since May.

The French defender got through the FA Cup clash against Blackburn Rovers unscathed to earn a start on merit with Federicio Fernandez only deemed fit enough to start on the bench.

Young midfielder Sean Longstaff was also elevated to the first team alongside Isaac Hayden in the engine room, a situation that underlines Rafa Benitez’s lack of senior options.

With Mike Ashley in the stands it was a clear signal that the Toon boss requires reinforcements.

Christian Atsu started the game against his old club while Salomon Rondon was also back in the reckoning after being rested against Rovers.

Chelsea went into the game on the brink of making it three games at home without a goal for the first time since 1993.
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