Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has admitted that it will be difficult for the club to avoid relegation this season, even if they are able to bring in new signings before the transfer window closes on January 31st.
The Spanish manager has cut an increasingly frustrated figure as Newcastle continues to struggle from a chronic lack of investment in the first team squad. With as yet, no new signings confirmed, Benitez is clearly downbeat about his team’s prospects for the remainder of the Premier League campaign.
“It will be difficult anyway regardless of signings,” Benitez told his pre-match press conference ahead of their FA Cup tie against Watford.
“This group of players is trying hard and we will try to get results. I think we can stay up and it could also go to the last day against Fulham. If we do not bring anyone in, then no one can leave.”
Reported interest in Atlanta United attacking midfielder, Miguel Almiron has come to nothing, with Newcastle unable to meet the MLS side’s valuation for the Paraguay international, although they are reportedly close to signing Jordan Lukaku from Lazio.
With time running out and growing unrest at St James’s Park, Mike Ashley made a surprise appearance to watch his side’s 3-0 win over Cardiff City last Saturday. The home supporters will be desperate to see their unpopular owner back his manager with signings before the end of this current transfer window.
The Magpies are currently 17th in the table, with just 21 points from 23 games.