Benitez On Why He Wants More Goalscorers In The Side

Newcastle have had 12 players score a goal in all competitions this season, with Dwight Gayle leading the way with 7 goals.

And it seems that for good reason, manager Rafa Benitez is hoping that Newcastle can continue to spread the goals among a number of different players.


Dwight Gayle – Newcastle’s top scorer right now with 7 goals

Here’s the list of goal-scorers so far:

Dwight Gayle23023
Mat Ritchie12416
Ayoze Perez8412
Yoan Gouffran527
Aleksandar Mitrovic426
Mo Diame336
Daryl Murphy516
Jonjo Shelvey505
Christian Atsu505
Ciaran Clark213
Jamaal Lascelles303
Isaac Hayden202
Grant Hanley101
Chancel Mbemba101
DeAndre Yedlin101

Rafa knows that for set pieces it becomes a lot more difficult for opposing defenses to know who to mark if we have a number of players who can score the goals.

This is what he has said about that today:

“If there was a player who will score 30 or 40 goals I’d be delighted.”  “If you have more than one goalscorer in the squad it means it’s always difficult for the other teams.”

“When teams are deciding who to man to man mark for a corner, it makes it tougher. They think: ‘Who do we mark first?’”

“That’s the first option, but if you have four or five it’s more difficult for the rivals.”

Tammy Abraham of Bristol City is currently the top scorer in the Championship with 8 goals one more than Dwight who is in second place.

But Newcastle are the top scorers in the league with 22 goals so far in the league and that’s one more than Norwich have in second place.

Our goal difference is +12 and three goals better then Brentford in second place.

We’re doing quire well in the league so far and Rafa wants to get even better.

Sounds good to us.

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