Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez says he will be forced into an ‘internal debate’ with his staff about the lack of transfer business completed in January.

The Guardian report that the Spaniard was quizzed about the small number of deals being linked with a lack of professionalism above him at the club, to which Benitez responded:

That’s another debate for the future, an internal debate. We have plenty of time to talk about those things.There’s a time when you have to say something.

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The Magpies were only able to bring in three players during the January transfer window, all of which arrived on loan deals.

Kenedy joined from Chelsea on loan until the end of the season and has looked impressive in his first two Newcastle appearances.

The Brazilian, who had lost his way at Chelsea, has added some flair and pace in the final third.

Leicester City striker Islam Slimani also joined on loan, as Benitez goes in search of a regular source of goals.

Summer signing Joselu remains their top goalscorer this season with just four goals to his name.

Martin Dubravka also joined on loan from Sparta Prague until the end of the season.