Following a frustrating transfer window, Newcastle have had a stuttering start to the season.
The Magpies lost to Tottenham on the opening day and then drew with Premier League new boys, Cardiff City.
In a game which lacked quality, Newcastle slumped to a pretty dire 0-0 draw.
Newcastle had a chance to win the game in the dying minutes but loan signing, Kenedy missed a penalty to make sure Benitez’s men were only going to take a point from the game.
Over the summer, Newcastle had to bring in another left-back and a number 10 – two of their biggest weaknesses – but failed to do so.
So far, Benitez has chosen to play Ayoze Perez as the 10 behind Joselu but not bringing in an attacking midfielder is going to be something that could prove costly for the Magpies.
While Perez is a good player, Newcastle needed more depth and quality at the position.
Yoshinori Muto came on to play in the position for Perez yesterday although the former Mainz man is really an out and out striker.
Aside from Perez, all Benitez has is Matt Ritchie who can play there, although the former Bournemouth man is usually played on the wing.
Moreover, up front, Joseulu, Rondon and Muto are not players who are going to score 20 or more goals.
With that in mind, Newcastle needed a creative midfielder who can start attacks but also chip in with goals too.
It’s been a tough few months for Newcastle, and it looks like the next few might be similar.
Thoughts Newcastle fans?