Rafael Benitez has said that he is unsure of what his transfer budget is as he prepares for the January transfer market.
Newcastle United are firmly entrenched in a relegation dogfight already as we approach the quarter mark of the Premier League season, with the Magpies yet to win a single game so far in the current campaign, sitting in 19th place with just two points.
However, to be fair the Toon Army, the fixture generator couldn’t have handed them a harder start to the season if it tried, pairing Benitez’s side against five of last season’s top six in their opening eight games.
They now face a run of games which will be more of an indicator of where they will finish this season, starting with a game at home to Brighton this weekend, and speaking ahead of that game, Rafa Benitez has admitted that he isn’t sure how much cash he will have to play with when it comes to a strengthening the squad in January.
“I have been speaking with [managing director] Lee Charnley this week, but I usually speak with him. I spoke with [scout] Steve Nickson too,” the Spaniard said in his press conference.
“I don’t know my budget for January, but it is not a problem. I am confident we can achieve what we want to achieve.
“All my career, even with the top sides, we have never been top spenders. A lot of other teams have spent big this season. The atmosphere is quite good here and the players know that the way is to keep working hard.”