Benitez: Newcastle “has to realize what we are”

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Rafa Benitez has been very careful not to talk up Newcastle United’s lack of top-end talent after a disappointing finish to the summer transfer window.

And with a takeover bid hanging in the balance, he’s not trying to rock the boat quite yet; A big money buy of Newcastle could give Benitez freedom to give the Magpies a massive upgrade, after all.

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But Newcastle’s 3-0 home loss to Watford on Sunday showcased that the Magpies are missing class in the attacking third amongst other places, and Benitez underscored the tenuous nature of Newcastle’s Premier League status now that his men have lost four in-a-row (something he cautioned earlier in the Fall).

“We have to realize where we are, what we have and where we want to be. I’ve said before it is going to be a tough season and we have to keep working as hard as possible.”

The Magpies are now just four points clear of the drop zone, and Tuesday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion feels very much like a six-pointer considering Newcastle then meets Chelsea, Leicester, Everton, and Arsenal.