Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has urged senior players at the club who are currently missing out on game time to remain patient.
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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