RAFA BENITEZ is hoping Mike Ashley will probably be “extra wise” on this switch window after the Newcastle proprietor noticed his crew reside for the primary time in 16 months.
Boss Benitez was completely satisfied to see Ashley at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
And he hopes he can now see why placing his hand in his pocket and strengthening in January is significant.
The Zero-Zero draw left the Toon within the backside three and with simply 4 targets to their identify this season.
Benitez mentioned: “I’ve to take this as a optimistic.
“If he involves see the crew he can see the gamers we have now and, hopefully, he could be extra wise and will probably be able to do one thing if we have to do it. I feel he is aware of that and he can do it.
“We now have to attend till January and, within the meantime, we have now to provide all the pieces.
“I wish to see the proprietor supporting the crew. It isn’t me, it’s the membership and the crew.
“We now have to make certain everybody helps the crew, beginning with the proprietor after which we will probably be stronger.
“I knew he was coming. I don’t know why he selected this recreation to return however it’s a optimistic.
“I don’t know if the gamers knew however to be sincere I feel they had been extra anxious about Wilfried Zaha and issues like that.”
Benitez believes his crew is missing a leading edge within the closing third and his precedence in the course of the window — if Ashley opens that cheque ebook — will probably be a striker.
The Spaniard wore a protecting forged on his proper wrist because of a repetitive pressure harm.
He mentioned he had spent an excessive amount of time tapping keyboards, maybe seeking the lacking items to his jigsaw.
It makes you marvel why he let Aleksandar Mitrovic depart for Fulham, particularly because the Serbian striker has scored 5 targets in six Premier League video games — the form of strike-rate Newcastle are crying out for.
To make unhealthy issues worse, swapping Dwight Gayle for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon has not proved to be a masterstroke.
Gayle has struck 5 occasions in eight Championship appearances, whereas Rondon has but to interrupt his duck within the Premier League and was changed at half-time on Saturday with a good calf.
Newcastle should be in search of their first win however skipper Jamaal Lascelles insisted a degree at Palace was a confidence booster.
He mentioned: “The self perception is excessive, particularly after the draw at Palace.
“We went up towards a high, high aspect who’re excellent going ahead and we stopped them enjoying good soccer.
“Now we simply have to construct, work on our strengths and be a bit extra optimistic and go for video games attacking-wise.”