Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has urged senior players at the club who are currently missing out on game time to remain patient.
The Magpies have won four matches in a row to shoot up to sixth place on the Premier League table and have done so without the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse in the starting line-up.
Pardew admits these players have already been in to enquire about their current situation but he admits it is tough to tinker with a winning formation.
"I have had a few knocks on my door this morning from players who want to play," he told the Shields Gazette.
"We have got – which we didn't have last year – real competition for places, and that does bode well. I have empathy for them, but at the minute, they have got to wait for their chance.
"I wouldn't call them fringe players by any stretch of the imagination. I would class them as first-team players who are actually out of the team at the minute.
"They have an opportunity and, like [Mike] Williamson has proved, if you get an opportunity, then I will show faith and keep picking the player. Everybody has got an opportunity, an equal opportunity."
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