Rafa Benitez is still confident that he can both beat Brighton and bring in the players to complete the Newcastle squad before next week’s transfer window deadline.
As well as Aarons, Gayle and Mitrovic all out injured, Rafa revealed that Moussa Sissoko would still not be included in the squad against Brighton.
The Newcastle boss said that both Gayle and Mitrovic were desperate to play but the club had to follow the medical advice that said it was too dangerous after concussions on Tuesday night.
As for Sissoko, you have to hope that he at last heading out of the door, with surely compromises all round having to be made to get his poisonous influence out of the club.
Rafa Benitez said that there is still the ‘time and the targets’ for him to bring in the extra players he wants and with Rolando Aarons now out injured, he indicated that he could bring in two extra wingers now.
First things first though and despite the absence of Mitrovic and Gayle, a win against Brighton would be a massive lift for everybody and send Newcastle into the international break well placed.
Apart from Dwight Gayle’s four goals, the only other players to have scored in the Championship this season are Ritchie and Hayden against Reading.
Rafa indicating that the team as a whole have to take more responsibility for sharing the goals, saying that ‘sometimes you win 1-0 with a goal from a centre-back’.
Rafa Benitez speaking at his pre-Brighton press conference:
“We still have time and the targets, It depends on agents and prices as well – we are trying to do the business.
“After the (Cheltenham) game (Gayle and Mitrovic) were fine but the English rules say they cannot play. They want to but they can’t.
“We have to manage the situation without them. It will be tough because Brighton are a good side, but we have confidence.
“Sometimes you win 1-0 with a goal from a centre-back, we still have the confidence to win.
“Brighton have experience and a manager who knows the city, the club, the fans and the Championship.
“It will be tough but can we beat them? Yes.”