The Spaniard played 4-4-2 against Bournemouth in an attempt to increase the team’s attacking potency, and although Newcastle had their chances in the first half, they struggled to maintain a grip on the game in the second 45 minutes.
“I thought Ayoze could give us some good movements. They are different kinds of player, different movements.”
The continued absence from first team duties, even with the Magpies playing two up top, suggests that the Serbian is not trusted by Benitez. The 23 year old’s former club Anderlecht are reportedly interested in re-signing the striker in the January transfer window, and it remains to be seen whether the forward will be allowed to leave the club.