Rafa Benitez admits some Newcastle players are lacking confidence

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

The Magpies were beaten by Huddersfield on Saturday.

Newcastle United manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has admitted to the Chronicle that some of his players may be lacking in confidence.

The Magpies have had a disastrous start to life in the Championship with defeats in both of their games so far.

Huddersfield secured a win at St James Park on Saturday, following Fulham in giving Benitez’s side a harsh welcome to life in the second flight.

Huddersfield Town's Nahki Wells celebrates scoring their first goal with teammatesHuddersfield Town's Nahki Wells celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates

It was a highly disappointing afternoon again for Newcastle, who are quickly learning that a return to the Premier League may not be as easy as they had hoped.

Confidence is likely low and Benitez has admitted that some players may be lacking at this moment time. 

“Maybe for some of them,” he told the Chronicle when questioned if confidence is an issue.

“It may be affecting some players and that’s why were aren’t playing at the level we can play. This team have enough quality to play better.”

Huddersfield Town's Jack Payne celebrates scoring their second goal with teammatesHuddersfield Town's Jack Payne celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates

It now remains to be seen if Newcastle can find their feet and bounce back from this poor start to the season.

There is no denying that it hasn’t been idea, but with only two games gone it is far from a full-blown crisis.

It will also be interesting to see how these two defeats affect Benitez’s transfer plans, with him perhaps thinking that more work will be needed to ensure his side are contenders.

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

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