Rafael Benitez shares the instructions he's been giving to three Newcastle United attackers

Newcastle United have struggled to score with frequency this season.

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has told the Chronicle that he has been urging Andros Townsend, Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum to get into the penalty area more often.

Newcastle have struggled for goals this season, with many of their forward players failing to hit the back of the net on a regular basis.

Benitez believes that one of the reasons for this is because his side have failed to overload the oppostion’s penalty area.

And the Spanish boss is now looking for his attacking players to take up more advanced positions on the pitch, to ensure that they pose more of a threat.

“They have to think about scoring more goals,” Benitez said.

“They have to think about ways of being more clinical. We have to create more chances and we did the other day.

“I want them to get in the box more and I was telling Andros, Ayoze and Gini that they have to get in the box more. They need to be in positions to score more goals.

“It’s OK doing a good delivery but after that somebody needs to be on the end of the cross.”

Benitez has now been in charge of Newcastle for five matches, and although there has been signs of improvement he has not been able to guide them out of the relegation zone.

The Magpies continued to stutter in Benitez’s early time at the club, but they did beat Swansea City 3-0 in their most recent outing.

Newcastle are now only three points from safety, and if they are able to beat Manchester City this evening they will move out of the bottom three, which would be a major boost as the season draws towards a close.

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