Fed-up Benitez: Newcastle no closer to new signings

Lynette Rowe
January 15, 2018

Rafa Benitez had just been asked if he thought, back in May previous year, after leading Newcastle to a dramatic Championship success, that eight months and a different division later, he would be relying on the exact same players.

And they appeared to get the better of the midfielder when he saw his number come up on the fourth official's board on 82 minutes.

He said: "We can not sell players that are playing because we would have to replace them for better players and, in January, we would need a lot of money to convince players to come here".

Newcastle United have been backed to beat Swansea in the relegation six pointer this weekend, with the club looking at getting further away from the drop zone.

"It was very positive, the intensity that we were playing with, the determination trying to score and trying to win the game".

However, according to The Sun, following Benitez labelling his priority targets for the window, Ashley has since agreed to set aside some cash in order to make at least two of those deals happen.

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"Rafa Benitez is working with what is essentially a Championship squad", he said.

After Jordan Ayew had given the visitors a shock lead at St James' Park, Newcastle forward Joselu levelled the scoring midway through the second half to ensure his side avoided defeat in the game, but one man was the centre of attention as the encounter drew towards its conclusion.

Benitez is prepared to sell some players, though he would rather buy before he sells.

We are reacting, playing better, offensively I like it more.

With the club's takeover looming in the background, Benitez still hasn't been told how much - if any - money he has to spend. "It is the opposite, a chance for us to enjoy and fight for the three points".

"The team against Watford, Tottenham and Wolves played like I want at that moment", new Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal said about his first three games in charge. For me, it is obvious. We are in the Premier League and we have a lot of players giving everything but still sometimes it is not enough.

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