Rafael Benitez praises Newcastle United debutants Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon

Newcastle United strikers Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon were both brought off the bench for their debuts at the weekend.

Rafael Benitez the manager of Newcastle United looks on at the press conference after the Pre-season friendly match between FC Porto and Newcastle at Estadio do Dragao on July 28, 2018 in...

Rafael Benitez has singled out Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon for praise in the Northern Echo after their debuts for Newcastle United on Saturday.

Newcastle were beaten 2-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park in their Premier League opener.

However, the Magpies’ performance was rather encouraging, with both Rondon and Muto being introduced as late substitutes.

The pair both made an impact, with Rondon even hit the bar late on, as Newcastle searched for an equaliser.


And Benitez was pleased by what he saw from his new recruits this summer.

He said: “They did well. They were trying hard, now it is just about improving the understanding with the rest of their team-mates. So they know what we want to do and how the other team-mates will react.

“Once they get that, they will be better, but with Muto, Rondon, Joselu and Ayoze (Perez), we have four different kinds of strikers, and that can be good.”

Yoshinori Muto of Japan in action during a training session on June 5, 2018 in Seefeld, Austria.

Newcastle didn’t do all the business that they wanted in the summer, with Benitez still wanting another number 10.

However, Muto and Rondon should improve Newcastle’s attacking options, for the upcoming season.

Newcastle's next match comes on Saturday, when they take on Cardiff City, and Rondon may well be selected to start.

Salomon Rondon of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 11, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United...

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