Reports have surfaced stating Real Sociedad’s upcoming interest in Newcastle United’s head coach, Rafael Benitez. The Spaniard has brought the Magpies back to the top-flight status and has worked incredibly well with the financial restraints he has faced from the ownership.
He was successful in bolstering the team’s attack by signing Kenedy and Islam Slimani on loan from Chelsea and Leicester City. The latter might not have featured much since his arrival but the Brazilian has been a huge hit with the Tyneside club.
Benitez hit the nail right on its head with his goalkeeper selection as well. Martin Dubravka has been solid at the back and has answered the inconsistencies of Karl Darlow.
Benitez was quoted, “It’s not always a question of money. That doesn’t always make the difference when it comes to signing the players you need. In January, when we were talking, we said we need a goalkeeper, a winger and a striker. That is what we did, and you can see the difference. It is about doing the right things at the right time.”
Now, the club is stacked at the 12th spot of the points table, 7 points clear of the bottom three despite having one of the toughest last stage fixtures in the league campaign. Benitez managed to overcome Manchester United earlier in February with a 1-0 win at St James’ Park. He even managed to hold the daunting Liverpool to just 2 goals on 3rd March and is currently coming off a 1-0 win over relegation rivals, Huddersfield Town.