Rafael Benitez admits he has a problem as Newcastle United manager

Rafael Benitez has not won any of his first matches in charge of Newcastle United.

Rafael Benitez has admitted to the Chronicle that knowing which one of his strikers to pick is becoming a problem at Newcastle United.

Benitez has generally picked the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Papiss Cisse and Ayoze Perez to start up-front during his time at St. James’ Park so far.

However, the trio don’t appear to have entirely convinced Benitez that they are certain starters from now until the end of the season.

The former Real Madrid boss hinted that both Seydou Doumbia and Emmanuel Riviere could be given a chance, as he searches for the winning formula on Tyneside.

“Riviere and Doumbia are also working hard in training,” Benitez said.

“So the competition between the strikers will be good for us.

“It’s a problem for me because I must decide.

“We have more players now.

“When Papiss was injured we couldn’t choose him but now he is another option.

“The competition between players is good for the team.”

Riviere has missed much of this season with injury, but he is not well regarded on Tyneside.

The French striker scored just once last campaign, and he has rarely shown that he is up to the quality required.

Doumbia, on the other hand, was only signed in January - but he has failed to make much of an impression at St. James’ Park.

The Ivorian is yet to make a start for the Magpies, and he has only accumulated three appearances in total so far.

Newcastle’s next match comes against Swansea City at the weekend.

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