Rafa Benitez wants to give summer signing Matz Sels his full backing after the Newcastle United goalkeeper became the victim of trolling on social media.
Criticism of the £5m buy from Gent was hurled in his direction after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Aston Villa when Aaron Tshibola, the former Hartlepool loan man, struck a late equaliser.
Sels is taking time to adapt and find top form in English football.
The negative comments he received after the draw at Villa Park has led to him deleting his Twitter account, just three months after becoming a Newcastle player.
Benitez also has the option of playing Karl Darlow there, while Rob Elliot is working on his fitness as he looks to recover from a knee injury which ruled him out of Euro 2016.
Newcastle face leaders Norwich on Wednesday night before travelling to Rotherham on Saturday and he is expected to keep the Belgium between the posts. The 24-year-old is looking to keep clean sheets in the hope of closing the four-point gap to the Canaries perched at the top of the table.