Benitez's cagey response when asked about potential January transfer targets for Newcastle

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth at St. James Park on November 4, 2017...

Rafa Benitez has a lot of hard work ahead of him at Newcastle United.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Magpies boss Rafa Benitez addressed the media in his post-match interview following his side's disappointing home defeat to Bournemouth today, and responded to a question asking him if he is already looking towards strengthening in the January transfer window, as quoted by BBC Radio Five Live.

Newcastle had plenty of chances to win the game, but ended up on the receiving end of a sucker punch from the Cherries, with Steve Cook scoring for the visitors deep into stoppage time.

The Toon now find themselves in the bottom half of the table, after losing consecutive Premier League games, and many fans and pundits are already questioning whether Benitez has a strong enough group of players at his disposal at St James' Park to enjoy a successful campaign.

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez gestures from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium...

And the Spaniard had his say on Newcastle's future transfer plans, when asked if he is already making plans to strengthen in January, as quoted by BBC Radio Five Live:

"No. We are thinking about correcting the things that we haven't done well, and we have a couple of weeks to keep working and trying to do our best."

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Newcastle...

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Following the two-week international break, the Magpies face a tough looking set of fixtures, with three away games coming in their next four outings, including trips to Manchester United and Chelsea.

With this in mind, the next fortnight will be vitally important for the Spaniard, as he looks to galvanise his wounded troops.

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