Benitez urges his Newcastle players to be more clinical

Aubrey Yates
January 14, 2018

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to West Ham United alongside Jonjo Shelvey and striker Aleksander Mitrovic but the Spanish manager insists there have been no official offers and none will even be sold.

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". So if someone is coming and approaching us about them, then we have to consider that.

With the first half chances we could change the game but we couldn't do it and we must take these chances so we can manage the game in another way.

"And we wouldn't loan out if we do not have options to replace them".

"But the others? We can not sell them because the others are already playing".

Progress on incoming signings remains painfully slow, with a loan deal for Chelsea midfielder Kenedy now the brightest prospect, and in the meantime the manager is concentrating only on today's home clash with Swansea and the task of easing the club further clear of the drop zone.

Amanda Staveley and PCP Capital Partners face competition to buy Newcastle
Amanda Staveley and PCP Capital Partners face competition to buy Newcastle

And if the Magpies fail to add an established forward to their ranks this month, they could be in real trouble.

"It'll be hard to create chances against them". He (Ashley) knows he has to improve the team so that we have the quality which allows us to stay in the Premier League.

Perez should have scored after being played in by Ritchie with 26 minutes gone, but saw his initial effort saved by the keeper and his follow-up blocked by the covering Ki Sung-yueng, and former Swansea midfielder Shelvey curled a 34th-minute free-kick harmless over after Atsu had been felled inches outside the penalty area.

New Swans manager Carlos Carvalhal has been brought back down to earth after a dramatic debut win over Norwich, with two games without victory or a goal.

"Let's see game by game".

"We can consider selling players who are not playing because as I have said before, (Jamie) Sterry and (Jack) Colback, we are not using and they need to play".

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