Benitez wants Newcastle to spend big
Rafael Benitez feels Newcastle may need to spend as much as '£75million' to bolster their attack this summer.
Only the three sides that currently occupy the relegation zone, Cardiff, Fulham and Huddersfield, have scored less Premier League goals than Newcastle's total of 31 this season, with the Magpies looking particularly toothless during their 2-0 loss at Arsenal on Monday.
Owner Mike Ashley did break the club's transfer record by spending a reported £21million to bring in Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United during the January transfer window, but Benitez feels more funds need to be made available so he can further strengthen his squad in the final third.
"We have been speaking all season, the final third is where you can spend £40-£50m, or £75m on players," Benitez was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
Despite Monday's defeat, Newcastle still look well placed to survive in the Premier League, as they are currently seven points clear of the relegation zone and Benitez feels five more points will be enough to guarantee their safety.
"Every game for us is a final. We have to try and get three points. The next game is the most important," the Spaniard added.
"The teams at the bottom are picking up points, it depends if Cardiff is losing points then you can say 38 but just in case we will try for more than 40."
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.