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Benitez deserves blame for struggles following Newcastle departures

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Benitez deserves blame for struggles following Newcastle departures

Newcastle have scored just six goals in eight league matches this season.

Newcastle United have struggled to stay afloat in the Premier League this season and Rafael Benitez’s side are still awaiting their first win in 2018-19.

It looked like the Magpies could finally secure all three points on Saturday as they raced into a two-goal lead against Manchester United and Old Trafford but the game flipped on its head in the second half as Jose Mourinho’s side came back to win 3-2.

While Benitez may lament the lack of backing from the club’s hierarchy during the summer, the Spaniard deserves criticism for the transfer deals he approved that seem to have significantly weakened his attacking options.

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Dwight Gayle, loaned to West Brom, has already hit eight goals this season in the Championship – a tally that is more than the entire Newcastle squad has managed between them in the Premier League, with Salomon Rondon still to open his account.


Serbia international Aleksandar Mitrovic has struck five in the top-flight for Fulham since earning a permanent switch to West London, while Adam Armstrong, on loan at Blackburn Rovers, has also scored once.

Down in League One, Ivan Toney has hit three goals for Peterborough United as well as contributing an impressive four assists in 11 appearances.

Overall, that means that four attacking players that Benitez offloaded in the summer have hit 17 goals between them, while Newcastle have scored just six in the Premier League with Joselu the only player to score more than once this term.

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