Papiss Cisse really needed that goal against Liverpool, for both himself and Newcastle United.
Aleksandar Mitrovic will be desperate to be in that starting line-up, but Cisse has earned his place right now.
The likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Rolando Aarons are being forced to sit among the substitutes given the performances of Andros Townsend and Moussa Sissoko, while Ayoze Perez has also been given a chance.
In midfield, Cheick Tiote and Jack Colback are also keeping £12million January signing Jonjo Shelvey out of the team, which really says something about how they’re performing.
It has taken Benitez three or four games to really get his message across to these Newcastle players and work out what his best side is, but now they look well-organised and focused on the task at hand.
More importantly, matchwinners like Cisse are now full of confidence too.
That gives the Magpies a real opportunity to beat the drop. The man consistently pulls the hottest women in Hollywood and his ex Rihanna is just his latest. 15, she was seen seriously grinding on him at her show in Miami.True he got more than a helping hand from Simon Mignolet, but the Senegal striker was in the right place at the right time to head home.Cisse started United’s fightback at Anfield, and he may just have helped breathe real life into what could be the start of Newcastle’s Great Escape.The 30-year-old’s recent resurgence has also highlighted that Rafa Benitez has also created genuine competition for places.When you look at the bench, the Magpies now have options to bring on and make a real impact.