Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Benitez Seeking Balance as Transfer Deadline Looms

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Benitez Seeking Balance as Transfer Deadline Looms

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RAFA Benitez has again reiterated the need for Newcastle United to balance their squad before the transfer window shuts after his inexperienced and much-changed Magpies side was embarrassed at the Kassam Stadium, writes CHRIS WAUGH.

Oxford United inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Newcastle, who missed a penalty through Aleksandar Mitrovic, and dumped the Magpies out of the FA Cup before the end of January yet again.

This month has been a particularly frustrating one for Benitez in the transfer market, the Magpies yet to make an acquisition - despite the Spaniard wanting to bring in a winger and a midfielder.

Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend, Swansea City's Modou Barrow and Everton's James McCarthy are just three of his targets.

After fielding an inexperienced side against the U's which featured three under-23 players, Benitez stressed the need for "balance" and "experience" to be brought through the door before tomorrow's 11.00 deadline.

"As I said before, balance is the key," a visibly disappointed Benitez explained. …

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