Newcastle United announced their 26-man to squad for the pre-season trip to Ireland as Tim Krul is left out.
One player that will be keen to impress is 19-year-old Adam Armstrong, who is hoping he can fight his way into Benitez plans following his impressive League One spell at Coventry City.
Players that are almost certain to be in Bentiez plans is new signings Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Jesus Gamez. The four signing will make their first appearances in Newcastle colours when they face Bohemian in their first match of pre-season on Saturday, July 16.
Linked with moves away
Krul has been linked with a move away from United this summer following the club’s relegation from the Premier League. Dutchman Ronald Koeman has reportedly been interested in bringing his fellow country-man to Goodison Park.
And there was speculation on social media early Friday morning that Krul was set for a £9million to West Ham.
Dutch want-away pair, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat have also been included ending any rumours that they are close to leaving the club.
Florian Thauvin, who was reportedly wanted by Lazio under Marcelo Bielsa will have to wait and see if an offer comes in for the him. Bielsa quit as Lazio manager after two days in charge.
Recovering from injury
Reports coming out of Newcastle is that Krul was left at home to continue his recovery from the cruciate knee injury he suffered in October 2015 on international duty – keeping him out for the rest of the season.
Fans have reacted on Twitter to the news by questioning the reports as Rob Elliot, who is also recovering from the same injury as Krul, travelled.
Here is the Newcastle United squad in full
Goalkeepers: Matz Sels, Karl Darlow, Pau Woolston.
Defenders: Paul Dummett, Jesus Gamez, Daryl Janmaat, Jamaal Lascalles, Kevin Mbabu, Chancel Mbemba, Jamie Sterry.
Midfielders: Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback, Siem De Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Matt Ritchie, Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Florian Thauvin, Cheick Tiote, Georginio Wijnaldum.
Strikers: Dwight Gayle, Adam Armstrong, Aleksander Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez.