Rafael Benitez calls for Newcastle United to improve their attacking threat

Rafael Benitez insists that Newcastle United need to improve their attacking quality.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has told ESPN that his side need to improve the quality of their attacking play.

Benitez has now taken charge of two Newcastle matches - against Leicester City and Sunderland - and he has been frustrated with the wasteful nature of his new team’s play in the final third.

The Magpies have scored just one goal in their two matches under Benitez so far, and the Spanish boss says that he is intending to improve their play in attacking areas.

"We have eight games to play and we know they will be incredibly difficult,” he said. “We know it will be difficult, for sure. I knew before.

"We are creating chances, we are attacking and we can be there, so we have to improve this part of the game and create more chances and [Aleksandar] Mitrovic or Papiss Cisse or the other strikers will score more goals and we will be fine.”

Newcastle had just two shots on target as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Leicester in Benitez’s first match in charge.

Against Sunderland they were slightly more threatening, but it still took them over 80 minutes to hit the back of the net.

Newcastle relied on Aleksandar Mitrovic to head home a cross at the back post to rescue a point against their nearest rivals.

The draw has done little for Benitez’s side’s survival hopes, as they now sit in 19th place in the Premier League table, and they are three points adrift of safety.

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